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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.