MEGA Hurtz (Swat Bot) – Latest Cutting-Edge Technology in Wireless Robotic Vehicles

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Featured invention at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase

 The Swat Bots are rugged wireless audio/video enabled robotic platforms designed to minimize the exposure of Law Enforcement Personnel to potentially lethal encounters by taking them out of the line of Fire, and out of harm’s way.

 

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NASA Wants to Send a Rocket-Powered, Robotic Plane to Explore Mars

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ARES (Aerial Regional-Scale Environmental Surveyor)

As a general rule, when NASA flies a scientific mission all the way to Mars, we expect that mission to last for a while. For instance, the Spirit and Opportunity rovers were slated to run for three months and are still operating 6 years later. But one NASA engineer wants to send a mission all the way to the Red Planet that would last just two hours once deployed: a rocket-powered, robotic airplane that screams over the Martian landscape at more than 450 miles per hour.

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6 Scary Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Used by the Military

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The X-47B is designed to be launched either from land or catapult-launched from ships, and could be refueled in midair.

Look out, everybody, because here come the unmanned aerial vehicles, otherwise known as UAVs or drones. They’ve been flourishing in the Iraq War, starting with just a few unarmed drones when the conflict began in 2003, and now growing in numbers to more than 7,000. Many are packing serious missiles and bombs, and some soon could be autonomous. This is undoubtedly the dawn of an entirely new era of military might: robot wars. (Pics)

 

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Re-Walk: Motorized Exoskeleton that Helps the Paralyzed Walk

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Re-Walk

ReWalk™ is a wearable, motorized quasi robotic suit. Partially concealable under clothing, ReWalk provides user-initiated mobility – leveraging  advanced motion sensors, sophisticated robotic control algorithms, on-board computers, real-time software, actuation motors, tailored rechargeable batteries and composite materials. (Pics)

 

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Three Animatronic Singing Heads

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The animatronic heads from artist Nathaniel Mellor are part of a $75,000 art piece on sale at Art Basel Miami Beach 2009. The artificial faces are controlled by servos which in turn are controlled by a computer.  For all audiophiles, this art installation is perhaps the scariest thing ever. Forget the musicians; this is too creepy for even the art appreciators, but it is all exciting for the robotic community.  (Video)

 

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Space Elevator Competition Success

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David Bashford, lead of the LaserMotive team, preparing their robotic climber entry in the $2 million Space Elevator Games

A robot powered by a ground-based laser beam climbed a long cable dangling from a helicopter on Wednesday to qualify for prize money in a $2 million competition to test the potential reality of the science fiction concept of space elevators. (Videos)

 

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A New Artificial Hand With A Delicate Robotic Grip

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This four-fingered robotic hand contains sensors that help it pick up a variety of objects

Industrial robots have been helping in the factories for a while, but most robots need a complex hand and powerful software to grasp ordinary objects without damaging them.  Researchers from Harvard and Yale Universities have developed a simple, soft robotic hand that can grab a range of objects delicately, and which automatically adjusts its fingers to get a good grip. The new hand could also potentially be useful as a prosthetic arm.

 

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Joules the Robotic Cyclist

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The skinny little rider you see perched atop the back seat of this tandem is Joules, robot cyclist extraordinaire. He’s the creation of a guy called Chris who, challenged by his son to create an electric tandem that worked via pedal power, more than satisfied the brief.
The nuts-and-bolts robot is powered by a PMG-132 electric motor and, unlike most lazy-assed back-end tandem riders, does all the work himself. Not sure whether I could live with that — I’d probably get so fat from lack of exercise that the tandem would crumple when I got on, and Joules would never forgive me. Catch a video of Joules and Chris after the jump.
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The skinny little rider you see perched atop the back seat of this tandem is Joules, robot cyclist extraordinaire. He’s the creation of a guy called Chris who, challenged by his son to create an electric tandem that worked via pedal power, more than satisfied the brief. (Video & Pics)

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Robot Moves Across Sea Floor Monitoring Impact Of Climate Change On The Deep Sea

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The Benthic Rover

Like the robotic rovers Spirit and Opportunity, which wheeled tirelessly across the dusty surface of Mars, a new robot spent most of July traveling across the muddy ocean bottom, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) off the California coast. This robot, the Benthic Rover, has been providing scientists with an entirely new view of life on the deep seafloor. It will also give scientists a way to document the effects of climate change on the deep sea. The Rover is the result of four years of hard work by a team of engineers and scientists led by MBARI project engineer Alana Sherman and marine biologist Ken Smith.

 

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NASA Monitoring Inside Mount St. Helens Volcano

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Sensors are being placed inside and around the mouth of Mount St. Helens.

Scientists have placed high-tech “spiders” inside and around the mouth of Mount St. Helens, one of the most active volcanoes in the United States. Networks such as these could one day be used to respond rapidly to an impending eruption.

 

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