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20 May 2008—A group of mechanical engineers at Caltech have come up with a way to guide miniature robots in the task of inserting and positioning electrode arrays in brain tissue. What they propose would be the first robotic approach to establishing an interface between computers and the brain by positioning electrodes in neural tissue. Researchers say that this could enhance the performance and longevity of emerging neural prosthetics, which allow paralyzed people to operate computers and robots with their minds.
(originally the RQ-9 Predator B) The MQ-9 is the Air Force's first hunter-killer UAV designed for long-endurance, high-altitude surveillance.
The DelFly Micro only weighs 3 grams and has a size of 10 cm from wing tip to wing tip. This makes it the smallest flying ornithopter carrying a camera in the world!
The DelFly Micro is very useful for the progress of science. Designing it already brought together knowledge from fields such as aerodynamics, mechanics, electronics, and camera technology. Furthermore, the DelFly Micro is an ideal platform for studying both the aerodynamics and autonomy of small, flying ornithopters.
Originally posted by Jazzyguy
The perfect woman? Perfect woman don't look like that.
Male version available soon. Huh!?
Is this for real?
Israel is increasingly worried about the threat of a nuclear, missile-equipped Iran. So the Israeli military is working on "a high-flying, long-endurance unmanned infrared sensor" that can tell the difference between "nuclear warheads amid dozens of decoys sent to confound national missile defenses," Defense News' Barbara Opall-Rome reports. "If implemented, the Israeli program will mark the first use of an unmanned platform for [n]uclear warhead hunting."
Now Ben Way sees money to be made from "protecting us from the threats of a Robotic future". His business, WAR Defence claims to be developing products in three major areas: weapons systems against robots, detection and monitoring of robotic entities and ‘robo-viruses'. (Good grief!). Apparently, Way likes robots but doesn't want them to take over our lives. He thinks it is "critical that we begin talking now about the long-term ethical implications the robot revolution will surely bring".
A multidisciplinary team at the University of Reading has developed a robot which is controlled by a biological brain formed from cultured neurons. This cutting-edge research is the first step to examine how memories manifest themselves in the brain, and how a brain stores specific pieces of data.
A Robot to destroy breast cancer cells by Roland Piquepaille
Researchers at the University of Maryland are developing a robot able to detect and destroy breast cancer cells in a single session. After a tumor is located on an MRI, the robot will perform a biopsy of the breast while the patient is inside the scanner. ‘If the biopsy displays cancerous cells, the robot will then insert a probe into the breast until it reaches the tumor. The probe will then burn the cancer cells until they are destroyed.’ This looks great, but the researchers have only built a prototype. After they refine this robot, they’ll need to go through clinical trials and obtain FDA approval. So this is not a robot that will appear on the medical market before several years.
The super-strength suit attaches to the wearers' legs, augmenting their power while shadowing their movement. According to Lockheed, HULC enables the wearer to carry up to 200 pounds without much effort — and sprint up to 10 miles per hour in short bursts. Lithium-ion batteries will keep the wearer walking at a normal pace for an hour. The companies also claim that there's a "long-range extended 72-hour mission model," which relies on JP8 jet fuel. But they didn't appear to show it off at the conference.
HULC won't boost arm strength, like Sarcos' all-body exoskeleton. But a shoulder strap does help with heavy lifting. And HULC doesn't need to be tethered to a power source, like Sarcos' suit does. Which means wearers can crawl and scamper around, uninhibited. HULC is also fairly easy to get on and off -- the thing "can be removed in 30 seconds," according to Defense News.
"The HULC can be fitted with armor plating, heating or cooling systems, sensors and 'other custom attachments,'" Lew Page notes. "We particularly liked that last one: our personal request would be a powered gun or missile mount of some kind above the shoulder, linked to a helmet or monocle laser sight."
That design has industrial applications, says Fischer. It has been adapted by Festo to make a flexible, trunk-like arm with a gripper on the end for use in industrial applications. The arm can twist up to 90° in any direction, giving it an unrivalled degree of dexterity.
Engineers are increasingly gaining inspiration from nature – earlier this year, a European-wide research group began work on a bionic octopus, and engineers think bird wings could help inspire more efficient aircraft.
SquishBot is a program to develop a new class of soft, shape-changing robot. The goal is to design systems that can transform themselves from hard to soft and from soft to hard, upon command. Another goal is to create systems that change their critical dimensions by large amounts, as much as 10x. Such robots will be like soft animals that can squeeze themselves through small openings and into tight places.
It won't have escaped alert Reg readers that the Physical Intelligence DARPA wonder-ware will be quite capable of becoming intelligent life - potentially much more capable life than humanity itself. The AI algorithms which evolve from the spontaneously self-organising Tetris blocks might far outclass the human noggin: the fuel-celled, solar-powered, self-medicating lifeforms which emerged from the smartware vats would be immeasurably our superiors physically.
Renowned Pentagon tech-tomfoolery agency DARPA has announced a new plan to create mighty artificial intelligences. The so-called "Deep Learning" machines will be used to trawl through petabytes of video from robot aircraft prowling the skies - initially, apparently, seeking out threatening horses and cows.
GM’s engineers joined NASA’s eggheads under a Space Act agreement to develop a ‘bot capable of working alongside humans in factories and in space. That’s what they say, anyway. We suspect GM wanted to one-up Honda’s robotics program with a machine capable of curling 20-pound barbells.
They call it Robonaut 2, or R2, and say it is faster and more dexterous than the original Robonaut and other humanoid machines. GM and NASA spent three years working on it at Johnson Space Center in Houston. They’re still working on it, but the goal is creating a machine that works with the same speed and dexterity as a human. GM says that will lead to “safer cars and safer plants” while NASA says it will “help humans work and explore in space.”
Originally posted by SimonGray
I recently came across this news article about a piece of software called Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulations - SEAS, which has been adopted and tailored by the Deparment of Defence into a simulation program called Sentient World Simulation.
The DOD is developing a parallel to Planet Earth, with billions of individual "nodes" to reflect every man, woman, and child this side of the dividing line between reality and AR.
Called the Sentient World Simulation (SWS), it will be a "synthetic mirror of the real world with automated continuous calibration with respect to current real-world information", according to a concept paper for the project.
Originally posted by DaMod
reply to post by Jazzyguy
Re: The robot that can fly and then walk on land...
Why does it have to take off from such a high point? My rubber band plane can take off from the ground....