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These Wheels Shapeshift for Different Terrain

These Wheels Shapeshift for Different Terrain
Who says wheels need to just be round? These unusual Reconfigurable-Wheel Track (RWT) wheels were developed by CMU National Robotics Engineering Center for DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program. We can expect to see these on the war machines of the future and they may be the next step toward real-life Transformers like Optimus Prime.

Centauro Robot is Part C-3PO, Part Centaur

Centauro Robot is Part C-3PO, Part Centaur
While most visions of the future envision robots as looking like humans, they certainly don’t have to be. The funky looking robot you see her was designed to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Centauro isn’t your typically humanoid design.
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DARPA Wants to Make Flying Gremlins

DARPA Wants to Make Flying Gremlins
DARPA has awarded contracts for a new program it’s calling “Gremlins.” But before you get all excited about the government funding murderous creatures that start as adorable Mogwai that turn bad if you feed them too late at night, DARPA’s Gremlins are unmanned flying drones that can be launched and recovered by a C-130 in mid-air.

DARPA’s Awesome VTOL X-Plane Moves to Phase 2

DARPA’s Awesome VTOL X-Plane Moves to Phase 2
DARPA works on some crazy stuff, but the crazy stuff has a way of becoming normal stuff eventually. At the moment, DARPA is working on a slick new VTOL aircraft that has the vertical landing capability of a helicopter mixed with speed and hauling capacity of a fixed wing aircraft.

DARPA Wants Robots to Build Satellites in Orbit

DARPA Wants Robots to Build Satellites in Orbit
Today when we build satellites, construction has to be done on Earth, the satellite is placed in a rocket, shot into orbit, and then goes through automated deployment all while we hope things work just fine.

Durus Robot Walked 2h 35m on a Charge

Durus Robot Walked 2h 35m on a Charge
My Hector fears spawned by ’80s horror/sci-fi flicks aside, robots are really cool. DARPA really wants robots to come to the mainstream for all sorts of uses from carrying heavy gear for the military to saving people in environments too hazardous for humans to work in.

Watching Robots Falling Down Is the Best Thing You’ll See Today

Watching Robots Falling Down Is the Best Thing You’ll See Today
We have some very good reasons to fear our future robot overlords, but this video is proof that we still have plenty of time until we are all enslaved. IEEE Spectrum put together this video compilation of robots falling down at the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge.

This Robot Does the Crane Kick

This Robot Does the Crane Kick
Remember the famous crane kick from The Karate Kid movie? Well, check out this robot’s pose. It took Ralph Macchio a while to get it right, but the guys at Boston Dynamics have trained this robot to be a karate champion – and he probably picked it up much faster than Macchio.

Jetpack to Increase Speed & Agility: Slightly Advanced Warfare

Jetpack to Increase Speed & Agility: Slightly Advanced Warfare
Swiss pilot Yves Rossy is known around the world as Jetman because he made – and flies with – his own jet-propelled wing. Arizona State University (ASU) student Jason Kerestes also made a jetpack, but it’s not strong enough to make a man fly, nor was it meant to.

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 be destroyed if lost or left behind.

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% in overall points.

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 when we don’t want to.

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 and the robot.

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?

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 a similar suit, except this one’s meant to be worn like an undergarment.

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 previous models.
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