Archived posts with tag ‘Robots’

23.07.12
Danger Room: Satellite Spots Syria’s Iranian-Made Drone

Since at least February the Syrian government has been using Iranian-built Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to track and target Free Syrian Army rebels in their strongholds, including Homs and Hamah. Now some fresh commercial satellite imagery provides new details about the drone’s possible tactics and capabilities.

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12.07.12
Video: Airrobot Telluride

Video outtakes from the U.S. Army’s Robotics Rodeo at Ft. Benning last month.

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09.07.12
Video: Throwbot XT

Video outtakes from the U.S. Army’s Robotics Rodeo at Ft. Benning last month.

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06.07.12
Danger Room: Giddyup, Robot Doggies! Autonomous Soldiers Square Off At Army Robotics Rodeo

For 10 sweltering days in mid-June, a small army of crawling, rolling, hopping and hovering robots invaded Ft. Benning, Georgia, a sprawling training post near the Alabama border. The occasion: the U.S. Army’s Robotics Rodeo, a competitive evaluation of the latest ground-combat robots.

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18.06.12
Offiziere.ch: Openness and Risk in Robotics

In May 2010 Willow Garage, a startup robotics firm in California’s Silicon Valley, hosted a graduation for some of the world’s first humanoid robots. Eleven PR2 robots — two-armed ‘bots with wheeled bases, sensors and open-source software operating systems — “danced” with human partners.

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27.04.12
Danger Room: Future Army Truck Inspired by the iPhone

The Army’s next truck should be smart, flexible, user-friendly, partially autonomous and affordable. In other words, the automotive equivalent of a gadget from Apple. At a trade conference in Virginia on Tuesday, Brig. Gen. Stephen Farmen, the chief of U.S. Army transportation, held up an iPhone. “How do we put the kind of power and technology like this into a wheeled vehicle and hit the right price point?” Farmen asked, according to a report by National Defense.

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28.03.12
LASR: A Studio for Drones

The robot revolution now has its very own Industrial Light & Magic. Despite the current budget crunch, the Obama Administration got the Navy a brand-new lab. The Naval Research Laboratory’s Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR) officially opened for business March 16, 2012, and behind its tired acronym lies a facility Hollywood would kill for.

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19.03.12
Offiziere.ch: The U.S. Navy’s New Long-Range Strike Complex

Same ships, different concept.

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18.12.11
Of Robots and Art

War ‘bots and robotic art are two ever-growing fields of technology, but they often breeze past each other. The purpose of robotics in warfare seems to be to make conflict more efficient, safer and smarter. Robotics in art, much like the purpose of a lot of simpler art, is more interested in exploring the limits of awareness — and perhaps using robots to reflect back on our own nature. If the future of war ‘bots is looking to incorporate empathy and greater self-awareness in its technology, perhaps artists and military ‘bot designers should work more closely together.

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07.12.11
World Politics Review: The U.S. Navy’s Belated Robot Revolution

It was an ignominious start for a potentially profound technological revolution. On June 21, 2011, a U.S. Navy MQ-8 Fire Scout robotic reconnaissance helicopter was shot down near Tripoli by forces loyal to then-Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The 24-foot-long, gray-painted drone was one of two launched from the frigate USS Halyburton and remotely controlled by operators aboard the vessel. Carrying classified sensors, the Fire Scouts likely helped detect targets for NATO forces flying top cover for Libyan rebels.

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20.10.11
Danger Room: Tomorrow’s Missile Subs: Smaller, Cheaper, With Lots of Robot Pals

On March 19, the guided-missile submarine Florida fired more than 90 of the roughly 120 Tomahawk cruise missiles that took down Libyan air defenses, clearing the way for NATO strike planes. It was the major-combat debut for America’s fleet of “SSGN” subs. Each of the four vessels packs up to 154 Tomahawks, making them some of the world’s most powerful warships.

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21.07.11
Danger Room: Did Iran Just Shoot Down a U.S. Stealth Drone?

For the third time this year, Iran is claiming it shot down an American robot warplane trying to snoop on Tehran’s nuclear facilities. “An unmanned U.S. spy plane flying over the holy city of Qom near the uranium enrichment Fordu site was shot down by the Revolutionary Guards’ air-defense units,” lawmaker Ali Aghazadeh Dafsari told Iranian state television.

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