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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…

Long Endurance Submarine Could Track Enemies for Months
08/29/12 — DARPA, the US Defense Advanced Research and Projects Agency, awarded a contract to the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to develop the design, which is meant for the products of the ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) ACTUV (Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel) program to offset the diesel-electric submarines, which are a potential risk…

Sandia Lab’s Robotic Hand Disables IEDs
08/17/12 — Sandia National Laboratories has developed a cost-effective robotic hand that can be used in disarming improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. The Sandia Hand addresses challenges that have prevented widespread adoption of other robotic hands, such as cost, durability, dexterity and modularity. “Current iterations of robotic hands can cost more than…

Virtually Indestructible Meshworm Could Spy for the U.S.
08/15/12 — The United States government and others now have a useful new tool they can develop for their arsenals.  Researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Seoul National University have created a soft, autonomous robot called a “Meshworm” that resembles an Earthworm.  The project was funded by The Defense Advanced Research Projects…

VectorNav Releases VN-200 GPS-Aided Inertial Navigation System on a Chip
08/03/12 — VectorNav Technologies, a pioneering company in embedded navigation solutions, announced today the release of the VN-200, a high-accuracy GPS-Aided Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS) on a surface-mount chip the size of a postage stamp.  Combining an advanced GPS module with the latest in MEMS inertial and pressure sensor technology, the patent-pending…

Drones Over Manhattan: Stalking Gotham 24x7
08/02/12 — “First we take Manhattan…then we take Berlin”                                          —Leonard Cohen It’s quite possible for a law enforcement officer—or a criminal, for that matter—to click on a Smartphone and to watch you…

First-time Demo of Wireless Through-the-earth Command and Control of a Robotic Vehicle
06/12/12 — ChronicleHerald—An abandoned coal mine near Springhill, Nova Scotia was the test site this winter for an underground robot communications system developed by Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems Inc. of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. “We wanted to validate the capabilities of the system under the most realistic conditions possible,” Steve Parsons, business development…

Throwbot Packs Big Capability Boost in Small Package
06/08/12 — Defense News—Recon Robotics, maker of the Recon Scout XT throwable robot — now officially renamed the Throwbot XT in a nod to its cooler-sounding nickname — has made a big change to a small package. The company already has 3,700 Throwbots in use in 30 countries around the world, but…

BatBot is up for Imitating Smart Bat Maneuvers
06/04/12 — Phys.org—Robotics researchers in Spain and the U.S. are studying bats for their design work on drones. Bat wings are highly articulated, with skeletons similar to those of human arms and hands. The researchers have built a drone that mimics the way a bat changes its wing shape in flight. Bats…

Robot to Robot: Dragon and Space Station Meet Up
05/25/12 — The privately owned and operated SpaceX Dragon capsule docked with the International Space Station on Friday, a success for the Obama administration’s new strategy of using robotic missions and public-private partnerships in space.  NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station helped guide the capsule in, but the craft itself was…

As Summer Storm Season Arrives, Disaster Robots Are Ready
05/16/12 — Wired—The next time a hurricane slams the US, look for Robin Murphy and her army of machines. Murphy heads the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue, where she commands an arsenal of unmanned craft that specialize in emergency response. Her team has been on call since 9/11; the hero bots'…

$262M For Fire Scout Robot Choppers
05/11/12 — Northrop Grumman has been selected by the US Navy to produce a new variant of the firm’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter using a Bell 407 airframe. The US Department of Defense released information regarding contract awards, and according to the news, Northrop Grumman will produce a total of eight Fire…




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