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E-whiskers could give robots cat-like supersenses

E-whiskers could give robots cat-like supersenses

Artificial whiskers made of incredibly thin carbon nanotubes could give robots cat-like sensing abilities and allow hair-thin distributed sensors to track weather patterns and more, researchers at Berkeley claim. The new nanotechnology can differentiate as little pressure as a single Pascal - which the team at Berkeley Lab and University of California Berkeley say is about the same as a dollar bill resting on a table - making them around ten times as sensitive as existing sensors.

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RoboSimian is the NASA JPL entry for the DARPA Robotics Challenge

RoboSimian is the NASA JPL entry for the DARPA Robotics Challenge

There are several teams participating in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. The contest is to see what team can create a robot that is capable of performing a set of specific tasks. The robots developed may one day be able to help humans in an emergency situation like a nuclear meltdown or other challenge. One of the teams participating is the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory or JPL.

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DARPA X-Plane phase 1 contract granted to Sikorsky

DARPA X-Plane phase 1 contract granted to Sikorsky

Sikorsky as announced that it has been granted a contract by DARPA to develop phase 1 of the X-Plane program. The X-Plane to be designed under the contract is a vertical take off and landing experimental aircraft. The contract is worth $15 million to Sikorsky and will see the company begin development of a high speed aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing and hovering like a helicopter.

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NASA unveils Valkyrie robot for DARPA Robotics Challenge

NASA unveils Valkyrie robot for DARPA Robotics Challenge

DARPA has been hosting a Robotics Challenge since last year that challenged some participants to create robots that can be used in the real world. The official name for the Valkyrie robot given to it by NASA is R5. The bot stands 1.9 meters tall and weighs in at 125 kilograms. The robot has 44 degrees of freedom and is powered by batteries.

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Boston Dynamics WildCat quadruped robot gallops forth at 16MPH

Boston Dynamics WildCat quadruped robot gallops forth at 16MPH

If the folks at Boston Dynamics didn't terrify your most base instincts to flee from the oncoming robot armies of your nightmares yet, they're about to now. This week the Boston Dynamics WildCat has been introduced - a four-legged running robot made not only to walk on all types of terrain, but to run at full speed with bounding and galloping gaits. If you've got a dog in the room, you may want to cover their eyes before playing the demonstration video in this article.

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