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DARPA Giving out Money to Develop Electronics That Kill Themselves on Command

DARPA Giving out Money to Develop Electronics That Kill Themselves on Command

About a year ago, we mentioned that DARPA was working on a plan to develop electronics that would destroy themselves on command. The idea was to get devices that soldiers could take into battle that could…

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Japan’s SCHAFT Dominates DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials: Shut Yo’ Mouth!

Japan’s SCHAFT Dominates DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials: Shut Yo’ Mouth!

DARPA’s Robotic Challenge Trials wrapped up earlier today, and the robot that reigned supreme is SCHAFT. The squat 209 pound, 4.85 foot-tall robot smoked the competition, scoring 27 points, besting its next closest competitor by 35%…

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NASA’s 6-foot-tall Valkyrie 1 Robot: Not Quite Human

NASA’s 6-foot-tall Valkyrie 1 Robot: Not Quite Human

The DARPA Robotics Challenge is all about encouraging the development of humanoid robots that can complete the same tasks we humans do, but in more dangerous conditions – a robot that can get the job done…

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Atlas Humanoid Robot Attempts to Walk on Rubble, Struggles

Atlas Humanoid Robot Attempts to Walk on Rubble, Struggles

Creating a humanoid robot that can walk over all kinds of junk, like a parent traversing a child’s LEGO explosion of a room, is no easy task. The idea is the same for both the parent…

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Boston Dynamics WildCat Robot Runs Free: Cheetah Unchained

Boston Dynamics WildCat Robot Runs Free: Cheetah Unchained

Boston Dynamics’ Cheetah robot impressed people all over the world when it proved that it can outrun even the fastest of our species. But some of you may have been thinking, what’s to be afraid of?…

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DARPA Warrior Web Suit: Exo-Endoskeleton

DARPA Warrior Web Suit: Exo-Endoskeleton

We’ve seen a variety of artificial exoskeletons that can augment a person’s strength and even help disabled people walk again. Their main disadvantage is that they’re quite bulky and heavy. That’s why DARPA is working on…

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DARPA Shows Robot Hand That Can Do Delicate Work on the Cheap

DARPA Shows Robot Hand That Can Do Delicate Work on the Cheap

DARPA is showing off a new robotic hand that is advanced enough to perform very delicate, precise maneuvers. That’s impressive by itself, but the main thing here is that it costs just 1/16th the price of…

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Petman Robot Tries on Some Clothes

Petman Robot Tries on Some Clothes

If there’s one company that has the best chance of bringing the robopocalypse to reality, it has to be Boston Dynamics. Between BigDog, AlphaDog, Cheetah and Sand Flea, they’re building a veritable army of robo-animals on…

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CHIMP “Humanoid” Rescue Robot to Climb Ladders, Transform into a Tank

CHIMP “Humanoid” Rescue Robot to Climb Ladders, Transform into a Tank

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are working on a rescue robot that can take on both humanoid and tank forms like a Transformer. No word on whether it is a Decepticon or an Autobot. It’s called…

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DARPA ARGUS-IS 1.8 Gigapixel Camera: Enough Resolution for Ya?

DARPA ARGUS-IS 1.8 Gigapixel Camera: Enough Resolution for Ya?

There are plenty of drones hovering overhead, but I have to say that mounting one of these ultra-high resolution cameras on one will make them very useful for Big Brother. Pretty soon, they’ll be able to…

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DARPA Wants Electronics That Melt into the Environment on Command

DARPA Wants Electronics That Melt into the Environment on Command

DARPA is looking for input from companies in the electronics industry, researchers, and other interested parties on technology that sounds like something out of a Mission Impossible movie. No, they don’t want exploding sunglasses or anything…

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DARPA Wants to Put Defensive Lasers on Jets as Soon as 2014

DARPA Wants to Put Defensive Lasers on Jets as Soon as 2014

For a long time, laser weapons were the stuff of science fiction, but researchers have able to create viable laser weaponry over the last several years. Boeing and the U.S. Air Force flew the Airborne Laser…

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DARPA Fills Bodies with Foam to Save Lives

DARPA Fills Bodies with Foam to Save Lives

I’m frequently impressed with the projects coming out of DARPA, but most of the stories I’ve come across have been about their advances in robotics and defense systems. This new technology is designed specifically to save…

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Alpha Dog Robot Can Move More Quietly (But You Can Still Escape It)

Alpha Dog Robot Can Move More Quietly (But You Can Still Escape It)

So we recently saw Boston Dynamics updated Cheetah robot which is now capable of outrunning humans, and now we have video of the latest improvements to their DARPA funded Alpha Dog robot. Alpha Dog is slower…

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Cheetah Robot Can Outrun Usain Bolt

Cheetah Robot Can Outrun Usain Bolt

Remember the Cheetah robot, developed by Boston Dynamics for DARPA? It wasn’t long ago that the robot hit a top speed of 18mph, which seemed insanely fast for a hunk of metal with four legs. Now…

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Flexible Starfish Robot Can Camouflage Itself

Flexible Starfish Robot Can Camouflage Itself

In November of 2011, we talked a bit about a soft, flexible robot that was powered by compressed air. The Harvard University team that designed that soft and flexible robot is back with an updated version…

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