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DARPA’s Transformer Project One Step Closer to Reality

DARPA’s Transformer Project One Step Closer to Reality

Back in April, a project that was originally found in some government documents a year before, broke cover thanks to a PDF document that had been made public. That project was known as the Transformer project, and the idea was to make an amalgamation of the military's Humvee (or any armored truck, for that matter), and a helicopter. Pipe dreams for those at DARPA was the general consensus, but it seems the government agency was very serious about their efforts, and now thanks to an aerospace defense company, the Transformer project is one step closer to becoming a reality.

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DARPA’s Transformer TX Combines Humvee With Helicopter

DARPA’s Transformer TX Combines Humvee With Helicopter

DARPA is one of those agencies that must have a room filled with geniuses, all sitting around trying to come up with the latest and greatest in technology and equipment. Of course, we don't think they get to see the most recent science-fiction movies, and that's why these ideas seem to always feel a little too reminiscent of something we've seen before, but we won't hold that against them. This time around, they've got something planned that will bring together the military's juggernaut vehicle, the Humvee, and combine it with something like a helicopter. Or a hover craft. Or just a flying car from Sim City 2000.

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Exclusive video walkthrough DARPA Challenge-winning Chevy Tahoe self-driving vehicle!

Exclusive video walkthrough DARPA Challenge-winning Chevy Tahoe self-driving vehicle!

General Motors (GM) showcased one of its latest projects – a vehicle that can operate without a driver. GM indicates vehicles that can park and drive themselves will give passengers the ability to multi-task and will also help reduce traffic congestion, save energy and reduce emissions.

The SlashGear team is about to be driven in the world’s first ever self-driving vehicle. The Chevy Tahoe self-driving car won the DARPA Challenge.

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The future of CPUs developed with $15m of DARPA’s cash

The future of CPUs developed with $15m of DARPA’s cash

Not so much something you'll be seeing on the shelves of Best Buy in the next few months, but a sign of the guts of future gadgets and tech-toys: a team at the University of Texas at Austin have managed to craft what they're calling a "supercomputer on a chip".  Unlike conventional multi-core processors, which rely on software being coded specially to take advantage of parallel data pathways, TRIPS (or Tera-op Reliable Intelligently Adaptive Processing System to be official) is a collection of CPU architecture streamlining techniques

Zooming contact lenses enlarge at a wink

Zooming contact lenses enlarge at a wink

A contact lens with a built in zoom that the wearer can switch at will between regular and telescopic vision could mean the end to dwindling independence for those with deteriorating eyesight, researchers suggested today. The rigid lens covers the majority of the front surface of the eye, including both the whites and the pupil, and contains an array of tiny aluminum mirrors that together can enlarge the world by 2.8x. Winking flips the view between regular and magnified.

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Spot is BigDog’s kickable little robot brother

Spot is BigDog’s kickable little robot brother

About two years ago, DARPA and Boston Dynamics unveiled the gigantic and strange-looking BigDog, a quadruped robot that was intended to be a pack mule of sorts and engineered to walk on any type of terrain. Now Boston Dynamics is revealing Spot, which might as well be named as MediumDog, because LittleDog is already taken. Although also a quadruped, it is substantially smaller in size and was designed for use both indoors and outdoors, able to overcome any sort of terrain, even stairs. And yes, you can kick it too and it will pick itself up.

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Ford might just move the driver, not go driverless

Ford might just move the driver, not go driverless

Ford's new Palo Alto research center may have driverless cars on the menu, but technology shifting the human driver from the car to across the country might be closer to primetime if engineers have their way. Virtual valets and remotely-piloted car sharing schemes could take advantage of increasingly electrified cars and faster LTE networks, Ford's Mike Tinskey explained to me, with a controller potentially thousands of miles away taking the wheel when a local driver isn't available or practical. Right now, that means going on a joyride in an Atlanta parking lot, when you're actually sat at a Logitech gaming wheel in California.

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