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Bluefin Robotics Completes Custom Knifefish Design for Naval Research Laboratory
01/31/13 — Renowned underwater-robotics manufacturer, Bluefin Robotics, has announced it will produce a variation of its Knifefish UUV (unmanned underwater vehicle) for the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). The Knifefish model is a specialized Bluefin-21 UUV, and will be developed for the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Underwater Vehicle program. Bluefin is under subcontract…

DARPA’s Upward Falling Payloads Program Aims to House Robots on Sea Floor
01/22/13 — The ocean is a big place, and DARPA wants to fill it with robots. All of it. Because rather than having to sendrobots to whatever part of the ocean you want to have robots in, wouldn't it just be much easier of robots were there already? Sure it would! Yes, it's impractical, and…

UN Debates Flying UAVs Over Congo
01/16/13 — Should the secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban ki-Moon, get his way, a newcomer will appear in the skies over eastern Congo. He has asked the Security Council to approve unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, for use in the troubled region. Supporters of their use, including the…

New Research in Robotic Jumping Could Extend the Life of Search and Rescue Robots
01/10/13 — A new study shows that jumping can be much more complicated than it might seem. In research that could extend the range of future rescue and exploration robots, scientists have found that hopping robots could dramatically reduce the amount of energy they use by adopting a unique two-part “stutter jump.” Taking…

DARPA’s UAV Flies with a Smart Robotic Arm
01/03/13 — DARPA recently demonstrated emplacing a payload on a UAV using a vision-driven robotic arm. MLB Co.’s V-Bat UAV, which has both hover and horizontal flight capability, made the delivery of a payload using an arm designed to carry up to one pound.  The aircraft used a low-cost vision system to…

Berkeley May Create First ‘No Drone Zone’ in U.S.
12/26/12 — The city of Berkeley, Calif., this week took the first steps toward a ban on drones as the autonomous aircraft deployed in the war on terrorism are being embraced for local law enforcement. The debate over creating a No Drone Zone in this famously left-wing stronghold is likely to be…

DARPA Exhibits Alpha Dog’s Latest Upgrades
12/19/12 — 2inSDARPA showed off some of the Legged Squad Support System's (LS3) new functionality in a YouTube video posted today. First off, the sound of the LS3's motor has been toned down to a reasonable 70 decibels — about the same as a vacuum cleaner or car, and a significant improvement…

Two Rugged, Long Endurance UAVs Unveiled by CyPhy Works
12/12/12 — Danvers, Massachusetts-based CyPhy Works, a new robotics company, the other day unveiledtwo revolutionary small unmanned air vehicles (UAVs): EASE and PARC. The Extreme Access System for Entry (EASE) is an indoor flying UAVto help police, soldiers, and inspectors remain at safe standoff distances.EASE boasts the long endurance, GPS denied navigation, and portability needed to act as a forward remote presence for…

DoD Issues New Directive on Use of Autonomous Drones
12/05/12 — The U.S. Defense Department has issued a new directive on the use of autonomous and semi-autonomous weapon systems, an attempt to regulate a technology that officials say could be years from becoming reality. The directive, released Nov. 27, is focused on systems that can select and engage targets without the…

Toshiba Debuts Robot for Nuclear Disasters with Mixed Results
11/28/12 — Toshiba Corp. has developed a robot it says can withstand high radiation to work in nuclear disasters, but it's not clear what exactly the robot is capable of doing if and when it gets the go-ahead to enter Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. The four-legged robot can climb over…

Clearpath Robotics Receives Federal Funds for Next Gen Navigational Brain
11/19/12 — Two growing Kitchener technology companies, Clearpath Robotics and Miovision Technologies, received more $300,000 in federal funding on Tuesday. Clearpath Robotics, which specializes in the design and manufacture of unmanned robot vehicles, was launched in 2009 and now employs 25 people. It got over $200,000, about half of which comes from…

U.S. Navy Ramps Up Robot Deployment in the Persian Gulf
11/15/12 — The United States Navy is rushing more of the newest unmanned mine-clearing technology to the Persian Gulf while creating two new sets of crews to operate minesweepers in the region, Navy officials said Wednesday. The effort is intended to balance a renewed American emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region while sustaining…

Navy Test-Fires Missiles from Robot Boats
11/08/12 — U.S. Navy ships face the growing threat of small boat swarms used by terrorists, pirates or enemy countries. New testing has shown off a possible counter that looks strangely similar except for the lack of human sailors — small robot boats armed with missiles. The Navy launched six missiles from…

GA-ASI Demonstrates that Drones can Safely Fly in the National Airspace System
11/01/12 — General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, today announced the successful demonstration of an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)-based surveillance system that provides pilots with enhanced situational awareness and supports GA-ASI’s overall airborne sense-and-avoid architecture for its…

Local Drownings Spur Fundraising for Robotic Camera
10/19/12 — First-responders and family members of a teenage drowning victim are working to raise $113,000 needed to purchase a robotic, underwater camera that can be used in rescue and recovery missions at Raystown Lake. Authorities said 16-year-old Clay Bishop was one of four people who drowned in Marklesburg, Pennsylvania at Raystown…

Israeli-Based Roboteam Introduces New Intelligence Gathering Robot
10/16/12 — The Israeli robotics developer Roboteam is introducing a new miniature robot designed for intelligence gathering and counter IED operations. The ultra-light, 13-lb, highly maneuverable robot can be carried by an individual soldier, climbs stairs and 60⁰ obstacles, operates effectively indoors utilizing secure MANET data link. Externally, MTGR looks different than…

The Swiss Army Knife of Hazard Robots
10/15/12 — Howe and Howe Technologies of Waterboro, Maine, has unveiled the firefighter of tomorrow called the Thermite RS1-T2. Based on technology developed for the U.S. Army, this squat little modular robot on tank treads is a small, powerful fire fighting machine that provides crews with a means for remote reconnaissance and fighting…

US Navy Funds MacGyver Bot
10/09/12 — The machine has been dubbed a MacGyver Bot, after the TV character who cobbled together devices to escape life-threatening situations. The challenge is to develop software that "understands" what objects are in order to deduce how they can be used. The US Navy is funding the project and says the…




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