Tag Archives: Drones

Cyborg swarm maps unknown environments

(Credit: Edgar Lobaton.) Remember the much-debated “biobots” (remotely controlled cockroaches — see How to remotely control cockroach cyborgs and Kinect tracks bionic rescue roaches) created by researchers from North Carolina State University? Well, here’s an update: they have now developed software that allows for mapping unknown environments — such as collapsed buildings — based on the movement of a swarm of […]

Robot ape to colonize the Moon?

iStruct Demonstrator, space robot (credit: DFKI) The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and the University of Bremen are working on an ape-like robot called the iStruct Demonstrator that they classify as a “Space Robot.” Lately the mechanical monkey has been practicing how to walk and balance in the center’s mock lunar landscape, Gizmag reports. An ape-like body […]

Russia developing anti-terrorist robots

Robots at the Robofest-2013 youth festival in Moscow (credit: RIA Novosti, Artem Zhitenev) Russian experts are developing robots designed to minimize casualties in terrorist attacks and neutralize terrorists, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on May 17, RIA Novosti reports. Robots could also help evacuate injured servicemen and civilians from the scene of a terrorist attack, […]

A 3D-printed navy?

The Northrop Grumman-built Triton unmanned aircraft system completed its first flight on May 22, 2013. Could a future version be 3D-printed? (Credit: Northrop Grumman by Bob Brown) Instead a carrying spare parts, space-constrained U.S. Navy ships in the future might carry 3-D printers and bags of various powdered ingredients, and simply download the design files […]

Domestic drones and their unique dangers

AR Drone 2.0 (credit: Parrot) The use of drones by domestic U.S. law enforcement agencies is growing rapidly, both in terms of numbers and types of usage, blogger Glenn Greenwald writes in The Guardian. A short summary of Greenwald’s comprehensive article: The belief that weaponized drones won’t be used on U.S. soil is patently irrational. Police […]

HOW MUCH IS AN ASTEROID WORTH?

As much as $20 trillion, says one expert; others skeptical Asteroid fuel mining concept (credit: Deep Space Industries) When asteroid 2012 DA14 flies by Earth today, we could be watching a fortune fly over our heads and disappear into the void. DA14 could be worth up to $195 billion in metals and propellant, Deep Space Industries (DSI) […]

UPLOADED E-CREWS FOR INTERSTELLAR MISSIONS

 by Giulio Prisco Artwork: The bright star Alpha Centauri and its surroundings (credit: ESO) The awesome 100 Year Starship (100YSS) initiative by DARPA and NASA proposes to send people to the stars by the year 2100 — a huge challenge that will require bold, visionary, out-of-the-box thinking. There are major challenges. “Using current propulsion technology, travel to a […]

DARPA SHOWS OFF 1.8-GIGAPIXEL SURVEILLANCE DRONE, CAN SPOT A TERRORIST FROM 20,000 FEET

ARGUS view from 20,000 feet DARPA and the US Army have taken the wraps off ARGUS-IS, a 1.8-gigapixel video surveillance platform that can resolve details as small as six inches from an altitude of 20,000 feet (6km), ExtremeTech reports. ARGUS is by far the highest-resolution surveillance platform in the world, and probably the highest-resolution camera in the […]

A ROBOTIC FISH THAT GLIDES FOR LONG DISTANCES

Grace (Gliding Robot ACE), a robotic fish, can swim and glide long distances while gathering water data such as quality and temperature (credit: G.L. Kohuth/Michigan State University) Michigan State University (MSU) scientists have redesigned a “robotic fish,” giving it the ability to glide long distances, using little to no energy, while measuring water temperature and quality and other data […]