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iRobot uPoint App Adds Tablet Control of Defense Robots
10/09/14 — iRobot has more than 6,000 defense and security robots deployed worldwide, with its machines in Japan helping clean up the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and in war zones detecting and disposing of improvised explosive devices. As these robots become more complex and take on a wider variety of tasks, the Bedford, Mass.-based company -- which is best known for its Roomba automated vacuum -- saw the need to overhaul the controls on its devices so the Average Joe (or Jane) could more easily operate iRobot's 510 PackBot or 110 FirstLook robots. So, instead of different kinds of controls for different robots,…


NASA Building Robot Spacecraft Capture, Redirect Asteroids
10/02/14 — By the end of the decade, NASA will send a robotic spaceship to grab a 40-foot (12-meter) asteroid and bring it close to Earth, placing it in an orbit around the Moon, and then send astronauts in an Orion spaceship to study it. They just published six papers detailing this historic mission, crucial for humanity's future: "NASA plans to launch an ARM robotic spacecraft to rendezvous with, capture and redirect an asteroid mass near the end of this decade. The spacecraft will redirect it to a stable orbit around the moon called a 'Distant Retrograde Orbit.' Astronauts aboard NASA's Orion…



Teacher Resigns After Allegedly Threatening to Have Robot Kill Students
09/25/14 — Oceanside Unified School District officials in San Diego investigated complaints that a teacher threatened to have a robot shoot and kill students, and the educator was allowed to resign and receive a $92,000 settlement instead of being fired.Officials said the prospect of a lengthy and costly state process to terminate…

Harvard’s Soft Exosuit Enhances Soldier Mobility
09/18/14 — Soldiers are used to being weighed down by what they wear, especially when it can add up to 100 pounds or so. But researchers are working on wearable gear that could actually do the opposite, reducing fatigue and the risk of injury when carrying heavy loads. The Defense Advanced Research…

US Army Spends $23M on Landmine-Neutralizing Robots
09/11/14 — Finding and neutralizing landmines is a tedious but very dangerous job, so the Army is planning to turn it over to robots. The service's Contracting Command at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., has awarded a nearly $23 million contract to Carnegie Robotics for an Autonomous Mine Detection System (AMDS) being developed to…

Drone Tracks Cell Phones to Find Survivors of Natural Disasters
09/03/14 — A drone makes large circles in the sky. With two powerful antennas, it sniffs the data packets emitted by mobile phones. On the ground, an interface developed specifically for this project makes it possible to track the flight of a small robotic aircraft in real time from a computer. Colored…

Security Robots to Help Patrol Airport in India
08/28/14 — Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), which came up under the public private partner model, has ushered in a new initiative for maintaining airport safety by employing robotics technology.   CIAL is all set to implement a high-end robotic security system with Canadian-built robotic equipment at an estimated Rs 12 crore.…

WiFi-Equipped Robots Have X-ray Vision to See Through Walls
08/21/14 — These robots from the labs of a University of California, Santa Barbara professor might not be able to outrun anyone, but they sure have a special ability of their own: they can see through walls using only WiFi signals. For the technique to work, the machines work in pairs, with…

Clearpath Pledges Not to Make Killer Robots
08/14/14 — Waterloo-based robotic vehicle manufacturer Clearpath Robotics is the first robotics company to sign on with the Campaign To Stop Killer Robots, "an international coalition of non-governmental organisations working to ban fully autonomous weapons."The aptly-named Campaign To Stop Killer Robots seeks legislation and regulation that would block people from having access…

Inside the FAA’s First Dual Drone Flight
08/06/14 — The 319th Operations Support Squadron supported a milestone in unmanned aerial vehicle aviation Aug. 1. For the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration authorized two UAVs to operate simultaneously in a traffic pattern of unrestricted airspace. "This is the result of a year and a half of planning between the…

Israel Deploys Tunnel Robots to Find Hamas’ Weapons
07/31/14 — The Israeli Defense Forces have introduced new robot technology to help aid in excavating Hamas' vast tunnel network and a mobile radar system designed to warn against short-range mortar shelling. Defense News featured the Micro Tactical Ground Robot, developed by Roboteam, a Tel Aviv-based start-up that beat more established U.S.…

Drones on Defense: How Robots Protect Nature
07/23/14 — Drones have gotten a bad rap in the press lately. But there is a whole other dimension to the robotic planes, and that’s the good they can do to help, not hurt, what most mainstream minds freely acknowledge is very vulnerable – the environment. As The New York Times reports:…

Marines Test LS3 Robot Mule During RIMPAC
07/16/14 — This summer's Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise, is nothing new, but one of the soldiers is. That's because the soldier is a robot – the latest and greatest from Boston Dynamics, DARPA and Google. As a news release explains, "The LS3 is experimental…

Racing Robots Contend for First Place
07/10/14 — Fast robots have numerous potential practical applications. “Outside of just being cool, running robots are of high interest to the military,” says Element 14, the design engineer community for sharing electronic engineering solutions. “Having a speedy, remote-controlled robot means more precise attacks without putting soldiers in harm’s way. There has…

Researchers Create UK’s First Robot Security Guard
07/03/14 — G4S, the world's largest provider of security officers, has a new autonomous robot called Bob that is now patrolling its offices in England. Bob is there to monitor the environment, make suren doors are properly closed and gather other information. Bob is completely autonomous, stands 5 feet 10 inches tall…

Duke Adds Robotic Weapon System for Helicopters
06/25/14 — Israel-based Duke Airborne Systems’ Robotic Weapon Station (RWS) – billed as the “first-of-its-kind” concealed weapon system for helicopters - See more at: http://www.popularmechanics.co.za/blogs/hidden-firepower-helicopters/#sthash.aVBB1byF.dpuf Israel-based Duke Airborne Systems has developed a concealed Robotic Weapon System (RWS) for helicopters that allows utility helicopters to fly into hostile territory without an armed escort.…

Elon Musk Worried AI Will Lead to Real-life Terminator
06/19/14 — First it was renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, now Elon Musk is expressing concerns about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence (AI). Musk, an entrepreneur and founder of Tesla and SpaceX, invests in multiple AI companies. However, during a recent appearance on CNBC, Musk said he is invested in those companies…

Police Use Robot to Search School After Shooting Tragedy
06/12/14 — Officials say a robot helped law enforcement contain the situation after the school shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon that left two people, including the gunman, dead. Lt. Joel Wendland of the Troutdale Police Department was the one who called for the use of the robot, according to…

Robot Discovers Source of Water Leaks Inside Fukushima
06/05/14 — Bloomberg BusinesWeek is reporting that a robot inside Unit 1 of the Fukushima nuclear power plant has discovered the source of water leaks delaying decommissioning work. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) says a robot designed by Hitachi-GE Nuclear energy "for the first time took clear pictures showing water drips from…

Russia Wants to Put Robots on the Moon: Report
05/30/14 — As if the ongoing conflicts over territory on at least three Earth continents weren’t enough, apparently it’s time for another international space race. For the moon. This time with robots. The Huffington Post says that Vladimir Putin’s Russia has come out with a three-stage plan which would start with robotic craft…




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