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Lockheed Martin SAMARAI UAV Scares Me



Submitted by on Monday Sep 28, 2009 12:52 PM | ( Permalink) | Comments(0)

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.


MIT researchers tout progress with retinal implant



Submitted by on Thursday Sep 24, 2009 06:11 PM | ( Permalink) | Comments(0)

MIT boffins have devised a method of fitting a chip on the end of the optical nerve which can be used to input electronic images directly into the brain without any need for an eyeball. The technique could offer blind people a degree of vision using head-mounted camera/sensor equipment.


UAVs Stay In The Air For Days, Months



Submitted by on Wednesday Sep 23, 2009 11:40 AM | ( Permalink) | Comments(0)

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.


NASA Road-Tests New Moon Rover



Submitted by on Thursday Sep 17, 2009 05:58 AM | ( Permalink) | Comments(0)

If NASA astronauts return to the moon in the next decade, they'll get to cruise the lunar surface in style. About the size of a small pickup truck, LER has 12 pivoting wheels that enable the rover to move in any direction and turn on a dime; it features a tilting cockpit for close-up views of the terrain; and it runs on fuel cells.


The Return of the Blob … As a Robot



Submitted by on Tuesday Sep 15, 2009 03:16 PM | ( Permalink) | Comments(0)

Dennis Hong, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and director of Virginia Tech’s RoMeLa, has developed a Whole Skin Locomotion (WSL) device that may be one of the world’s most unusual robots. It can move as long as any portion of its surface is in contact with the ground, and it can even squeeze through small spaces that are narrower than its own diameter.


Bloodbot automatically detects and withdraws your blood



Submitted by on Monday Sep 14, 2009 11:00 AM | ( Permalink) | Comments(0)

Bloodbot is tasked with taking blood samples from an area in the crease of the arm. Simple as that sounds, the Bloodbot’s biggest challenge is in finding a vein, since the pattern of veins varies across individuals.


Human-like Vision Lets Robots Navigate Naturally



Submitted by on Wednesday Sep 09, 2009 09:15 AM | ( Permalink) | Comments(0)

A robotic vision system that mimics key visual functions of the human brain promises to let robots manoeuvre quickly and safely through cluttered environments, and to help guide the visually impaired.


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