MEDICAL ROBOTICS
Robotic Smart Hand has Feelings


SPACE EXPLORATION
Nasa Tests New Moon Rover


ENTERTAINMENT TECH
AIDA Is Your Dashboard Back Seat Driving Robot


MEDICAL ROBOTICS
PETMAN - BigDog gets a Big Brother


ACADEMIC RESEARCH
Bacteria Are Models Of Efficiency


MILITARY TECH
NASA's robot submarine achieves perpetual motion, of a sort
April 28, 2010 06:57 AM EST - submitted by Daniel Shope
NASA, U.S. Navy and university researchers have successfully demonstrated the first robotic underwater vehicle to be powered entirely by natural, renewable, ocean thermal energy.Scalable for use on most robotic oceanographic vehicles, this technology breakthrough could usher in a new generation AUVs.

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PETMAN - BigDog gets a Big Brother
October 28, 2009 06:48 PM EST - submitted by Daniel Shope
PETMAN is an anthropomorphic robot for testing chemical protection clothing used by the US Army. In creepy, human-imitating motion, PETMAN will balance itself and move freely; walking, crawling and doing a variety of suit-stressing calisthenics during exposure to chemical warfare agents. Video after the jump.

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Lockheed Martin SAMARAI UAV Scares Me
September 28, 2009 12:52 PM EST - submitted by Daniel Shope
This is SAMARAI, a UAV that Lockheed Martin has been working on based on a monocopter platform. A monocopter is like a helicopter, except that the entire vehicle consists of a single rotating airfoil, making them somewhat impractical for manned flight.

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UAVs Stay In The Air For Days, Months
September 23, 2009 11:40 AM EST - submitted by Daniel Shope
Aurora Flight Sciences has unveiled a concept for a UAV that they hope to have flying next year, if the Defense Department funds it. The 8000 pound “Orion” is designed to carry a 1000 pound payload at 20000 feet for 5 days without coming down for fuel.

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Legacy B-52 to launch futuristic WaveRider
August 25, 2009 07:43 AM EST - submitted by Daniel Shope
The X-51A WaveRider is one step closer to its inaugural test flight later this year, now that airmen at Edwards Air Force Base have successfully "mated" the scramjet-propelled vehicle to a B-52 Stratofortress.

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Killer robots can be taught ethics
July 06, 2009 07:19 AM EST - submitted by Daniel Shope
A robotics engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology has developed an "ethical governor," which could be used to program military robots to act ethically when deciding when, and whom, to shoot or bomb.

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Norwegian firm testing what may be 'world's smallest' helicopter
April 23, 2009 08:55 AM EST - submitted by Daniel Shope
Don't confuse this with what the hucksters are flogging at your local mall. This 15-gram "nano" copter goes where it's told and back again, indoor or out. Now on its fifth prototype, the PD-100 Black Hornet has achieved a major milestone this month after successfully completing its first outdoor flight test.

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Hydrogen-powered UAV in the works
April 23, 2009 08:53 AM EST - submitted by Daniel Shope
In what it says is a "first of its kind" initiative, the U.S. Navy plans to launch sometime this spring an unmanned aerial vehicle for a 24-hour endurance flight carrying a 5-pound payload and powered entirely by a hydrogen-powered fuel cell.

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Borg-like cybots may patrol government networks
February 25, 2009 04:45 AM EST - submitted by Daniel Shope
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has created software that uses colonies of borg-like cyberrobots it says will help government agencies detect and fend off attacks on the nation's computer network infrastructure.

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The Army's Remote-Controlled Beetle
February 15, 2009 06:20 AM EST - submitted by Daniel Shope
A giant flower beetle with implanted electrodes and a radio receiver on its back can be wirelessly controlled, according to research presented this week. Scientists at the University of California developed a tiny rig that receives control signals from a nearby computer. Electrical signals delivered via the electrodes command the insect to take off, turn left or right, or hover in midflight.

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Researchers Learn Why Robots Get Stuck In The Sand
February 11, 2009 02:21 AM EST - submitted by Daniel Shope
Today's advanced mobile robots explore complex terrains across the globe and even on Mars, but have difficulty traversing sand and other granular media like dirt, rubble or slippery piles of leaves.

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Snake-like Robot Conquers Obstacles
February 05, 2009 04:29 AM EST - submitted by Daniel Shope
A virtually unstoppable "snakebot" has been developed by a University of Michigan team that resembles a high-tech slinky as it climbs pipes and stairs, rolls over rough terrain and spans wide gaps to reach the other side.

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Cyclogyro Flying Robot Improves Its Angles Of Attack
February 04, 2009 03:33 PM EST - submitted by Daniel Shope
In the past few decades, researchers have been investigating a variety of flying machines. Most studies have focused on improving the flying performance of standard flying mechanisms, rather than developing innovative flying mechanisms.

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Japanese Robot Suit (HAL)
February 03, 2009 06:04 AM EST - submitted by Daniel Shope
Japan has led the way in the field of robotics and in keeping with this tradition has become the first country to begin mass-producing a robot that will help human beings become more mobile. Meet Robot Suit HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) and shake his hand; that is, if he will let you.

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ASI Chaos Small Robot To Participate In Series Of Exercises
February 03, 2009 05:20 AM EST - submitted by Daniel Shope
Autonomous Solutions announced that its Chaos small robot will be profiled in a series of exercises at Cobra Gold 2009 in Thailand. The Chaos unit that will be at Cobra Gold was built by ASI for the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), which has made it available for the exercise.

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