Robot drones and remote vehicles are changing the way wars are fought. One 'bot that could help soldiers stuck in tomorrow's trenches is the AlphaDog by Boston Dynamics, which aims to "combine the capabilities of a pack mule with the intelligence of a trained animal," a DARPA manager said in a release.
Boston Dynamics tweaked a few things with that Cheetah robot we showed you not too long ago, and now it's running even faster — faster than superhuman sprinter Usain Bolt, and almost as fast as your car. It hasn't quite caught up to your getaway vehicle just yet, but that's next on Boston Dynamics' list.
Science is hard at work developing ever more freaky robots to take over the world. To that end, DARPA, in partnership with private-public-hybrid Sandia National Laboratories, has developed a "cost-effective" modular robot hand that is scarily close to mimicking a human hand's movements.
America has a mighty, might navy, with giant, powerful ships that are (or soon will be) outfitted with laser canons and hypersonic railguns, but these fearsome war machines have one major weakness: land. DARPA's new CAAT demonstrator can project some of this power onto the shore, using big air-filled flappy bits to allow vessels to travel on water or land.
Project Phoenix is DARPA's plan to use robots in orbit to pilfer the functional bits off of dead satellites to create working ones. It's one of the crazier ideas DARPA's put out there (in a while), and the agency looks...
Back in October, we posted about a program DARPA has been working on to rip apart dead satellites and harvest their organs to make new(er) satellites. It seemed more than a little crazy, but the program is now moving forward, with DARPA holding industry conferences and putting down millions of dollars on the idea.
Maybe the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) blew its collective creative power inventing the clothing-sewing robot. Maybe it just wanted to take a week or two off. Either way, it's using crowdsourcing to build its new combat vehicle.
Continuing with its trend of creating completely mind-blowing things, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has spent $1.25 million full automate the sewing process of the $4 billion worth of clothing they produce annually. It's almost as wild as a bed that makes itself.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which might as well be known as the Science Fiction as Reality Society, has announced plans to create and implant nanochips in soldiers that will monitor their health. As you might have guessed, this plan has raised a little bit of controversy with the fear that this could turn the Earth into Total Recall.
If you want to know what's behind a wall when you're in hostile territory, it's probably not a great idea to stick your head out to take a look. The Sand Flea robot gives you a safer way to look, with its tremendous leaping ability allowing access over walls and into buildings.