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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…

Vigilant Robots Launches Mobile Camera Platform for Security
10/02/12 — After 5 years of development, Vigilant Robots launched its Vigilus Mobile Camera Platform at the ASIS conference, revolutionizing the world of security with an autonomous robot that can patrol, carry an IP camera and provide secure video, and carry RFID, biometric readers, and other devices for a cost that is…

Robotic Tuna Assists Homeland Security
09/26/12 —  Inspired by the speedy tuna capable of swimming tirelessly in the oceans, the US Department of Homeland Security will introduce a fish-like robot for underwater patrols. The ‘BIOSwimmer’ robot sports features like the real-life fish with replicated fins and a flexible tail to pull off quick maneuvers. US Homeland Security…

iRobot’s Inflatable Arm Almost Ready for Battle
09/18/12 — Despite the recently reported 58% decline in iRobot’s military sales since last year, the versatile company is expanding its military robot fleet to include an ingeniously designed, lightweight arm developed via the DARPA-funded M3 (Maximum Mobility and Manipulation) program. The robot is referred to as an Advanced Inflatable Robot (AIR). According to Chris…

DOK-ING Helps SAIC Open Facility With Robotics Demonstration
09/12/12 — omi Krmpotich doesn't get upset when one of his company's machines is destroyed while on the job. You see, his company - DOK-ING - builds mine-clearing robots and he prefers one of the M160s be destroyed as opposed to the alternative. "Better that than a Humvee filled with soldiers," Krmpotich…

QinetiQ’s Talon Robot Tested for Fire Departments
09/05/12 — Marine Corps firefighters from Camp Lejeune and CBRN defense specialists from the 2nd Marine Division  recently tested QinetiQ North America’s Talon robot at its fire department training area. The wireless, remote-control Talon robot carried a payload of CBRN tools, including a radiation detector and a non-invasive temperature probe. Talon robots currently are deployed for improvised…




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