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Tag: Military

Researchers Develop Laser Missile Defense System for Helicopters

Researchers Develop Laser Missile Defense System for Helicopters
All Dr. Evil wanted was sharks with frickin’ laser beams on their heads. For now, he will have to settle for helicopters with bad attitudes instead. A group of researchers at the University of Michigan has figured out how to use lasers that can survive the stress of helicopter flight to confuse missiles into not hitting their intended target.

Electricity-Grabbing Hook: Bender Would Want One

Electricity-Grabbing Hook: Bender Would Want One
Developed by Air Force engineers in Ohio, the RAPS (Remote Auxiliary Power System) was designed to provide electricity to field operatives by taking power directly from power lines. The hook has a sharp blade that can pierce the insulation of power lines.
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Black Fox Stealth System for Combat Vehicles: Invisible Tanks? Are You Kidding Me?

Black Fox Stealth System for Combat Vehicles: Invisible Tanks? Are You Kidding Me?
A company called Eltics has developed a stealth suite that can cloak “military vehicles, combat helicopters and even entire naval surface ships,” rendering them “invisible to thermal imaging surveillance sensors, targeting systems or missile seeker-employing thermal sensors.” The system, dubbed Black Fox, is relatively economical and practical as well, as it consists of computers, a camera and plates that are attached to the surface of the vehicle to be covered, meaning little to no modification needs to be done on the vehicle.

Harop Loitering Munition: a Spy Drone With Suicidal Tendencies

Harop Loitering Munition: a Spy Drone With Suicidal Tendencies
It may not have a classy or intimidating name, but I’m sure that robots speak of the HAROP loitering munition with great respect – or perhaps fear –  when they… get together for, um, poker night.

Robot Submarines Zip Through Obstacles, Fire Torpedoes, Ensure That We have No Place to Hide

Robot Submarines Zip Through Obstacles, Fire Torpedoes, Ensure That We have No Place to Hide
I’m sure you’ve seen the plethora of ground combat robots that we’ve featured here at technabob, and I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned at least a couple of aerial drones. Now, with the conclusion of the frighteningly successful Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Autonomus Underwater Vehicles competition (AUVSI AUV), all our base are really belong to them.

Ak-39 Wearable Keyboard: the Geek’S New Must-have Accessory

Ak-39 Wearable Keyboard: the Geek’S New Must-have Accessory
iKey’s AK-39 military-grade wearable keyboard is built to operate in “very harsh electromagnetic interference (EMI) environments”, as well as provide an interface that allows for one-armed typing. It also has a backlight that is compatible with night vision technology.

Micro Air Vehicles Being Developed by Us Air Force, Terrorists Ready Their Fly Swatters

Micro Air Vehicles Being Developed by Us Air Force, Terrorists Ready Their Fly Swatters
Tonight’s nightmare is brought to you by the US Air Force Research Laboratory and their Playstation 1 – era CG presentation of the Micro Air Vehicles project. Narrated by someone who sounds almost exactly the same as Metal Gear Solid’s Col.

Laser Tag, Navy Style: Us Navy Wants a 100 Kilowatt Laser Weapon for Its Warships

Laser Tag, Navy Style: Us Navy Wants a 100 Kilowatt Laser Weapon for Its Warships
The Office of Naval Research – not to be confused with the Office of Navel Research, a pet project of the previous president – recently awarded defense contractor Raytheon a year-long contract to develop laz0rb33mz. No seriously, the US Navy wants to have a 100-kilowatt Free Electron Laser as a weapon that will be installed on naval warships.

G.I. Joe 2.0: America’S War Bots

G.I. Joe 2.0: America’S War Bots
I think the best advantage in sending robots instead of humans to armed conflicts is simply the fact that robots are not human. Robots don’t have feelings or families, so no one gets hurt if a robot goes down, not even its fellow robots.

Darpa Wants Killer Robots That Help Build Themselves. Great. Just Great.

Darpa Wants Killer Robots That Help Build Themselves. Great. Just Great.
DARPA‘s Self-Explanation Learning Framework (SELF) program “seeks to construct systems that can participate in their own construction.” Imagine a robot helping build itself. Who or what runs DARPA these days? Are there still humans in there?

Brave Little Warbot: Irobot’S Ember Might be the Future Soldier’S Sidekick

Brave Little Warbot: Irobot’S Ember Might be the Future Soldier’S Sidekick
iRobot’s new military robot might not have a personality per se, but the moment I saw them they reminded me of the Tachikomas from Ghost in the Shell. The little fella is called Ember, and its being developed as a disposable yet durable networked mobile swarm.

Morals Software for Robots: Life Imitating Asimov

Morals Software for Robots: Life Imitating Asimov
Asimov concocted the Three Laws of Robotics in 1942 and built many of his stories around these rules. While Asimov benefited greatly from those rules as an artistic concept, giving him ideas to explore, in the future our lives may really depend on robot ethics. 

Resistance is Futile: Radio-Controlled Cyborg Beetles

Resistance is Futile: Radio-Controlled Cyborg Beetles
Oh crap. I knew it. Those stupid robots at SparkFun’s race were publicized to lull us all into a false sense of security: “Wow it just went for a dive at the lake HAHA st00pid botz.” Yet now we have cyborg beetles.

Annoying Neighbors? Take ‘Em Out With This Paintball Tank

Annoying Neighbors? Take ‘Em Out With This Paintball Tank
(Sub)urban warfare has a new face, and it goes by the name of Paintball Panzer. The pint-sized tank has a turret-mounted paintball gun which lets you fire rounds of paint ammo while keeping you safe and sound from the tomatoes and eggs which may be thrown at you in return.

Us Army Remote Vehicles Using Xbox 360 Controller?

Us Army Remote Vehicles Using Xbox 360 Controller?
Most video game enthusiasts will tell you that the Xbox 360’s joystick is one of the best designed gaming controllers of all time. Now it appears to have gotten the “thumbs up” from the U.S. Army.

Reporter Subjected to Heat Ray

Reporter Subjected to Heat Ray
For some time now, there’s been buzz about the Military working on a new “crowd control system” which works by blasting people with an invisible, yet highly uncomfortable electromagnetic blast. Well it turns out that they did a little demonstration of the weapon on some members of the press back in January, and here’s a clip of the reaction of one such test subject: The device, known as the Active Denial System (which probably refers to the fact that the Military will actively deny using it if it ever comes to real world use) hits its victims with a non-lethal blast of EM radiation at a range of up to 500 yards away.
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