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DARPA kickstarts research into robot Viagra

DARPA kickstarts research into robot Viagra

Researchers at DARPA are working on robots with hugely increased power efficiency, chasing human-style actuation that would prolong battery life and significantly extend robotic runtime. The M3 Actuation program has set an ambitious 2,000-percent increase in power-transmission and application in robots, improving performance not only in areas like search & rescue and drones, but advanced prosthetic limbs and other fields.

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DARPA to get prototype dual focus contact lenses for testing

DARPA to get prototype dual focus contact lenses for testing

DARPA will be taking possession of a new set of prototype contact lenses that could be available to the public as early as 2014. DARPA will be testing the lenses, which can be paired with a compact heads-up display to allow images to be projected onto the lenses of the glasses. DARPA hopes that contact lenses will help increase the situational awareness of soldiers on the battlefield.

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Latest DARPA Grand Challenge is for humanoid robots

Latest DARPA Grand Challenge is for humanoid robots

DARPA has issued another Grand Challenge and this time it's for humanoid robots. The details aren't final just yet for the competition. However, unofficial details on the competition are available. These unofficial details come from Dr. Gill Pratt's talk at DTRA Industry Day. According to his details, the challenge is for preferably bipedal robots.

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DARPA director jumps ship to Google

DARPA director jumps ship to Google

Regina Dugan, current director of DARPA, is leaving the government body to assume an as of yet unannounced position at Google. Google confirmed the move this morning, saying “Regina is a technical pioneer who brought the future of technology to the military during her time at DARPA”, and that she would “be a real asset to Google”.

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DARPA wants real-life Avatars for soldiers

DARPA wants real-life Avatars for soldiers

DARPA has funds set aside in its budget for 2012 that will pour $7 million into a plan that sounds so much like the James Cameron flick Avatar or that Bruce Willis movie Surrogates, that it's hard to believe DARPA is actually spending money on the project. DARPA says the goal of the plan is to "develop interfaces and algorithms to enable a soldier to effectively partner with a semi-autonomous bi-pedal machine and allow it to act as the soldier’s surrogate." This Sounds like brain controlled robots to me.

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DARPA Crowdsourced UAVForce robots begin to fly

DARPA Crowdsourced UAVForce robots begin to fly

There's a project going on at the moment with DARPA in which teams are asked to create their own unmanned aerial vehicles, and it's time for proof-of-flight time in the field. The first robot in this group of groups that's being tipped as the leader at the moment is the GremLion UAV from the National University of Singapore. This little monster is a four-wheeled machine with a pod that opens up and deploys propellers that allow it to lift straight up off the ground and land precisely as it jumps.

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Video of DARPA’s failed second HTV-2 flight surfaces

Video of DARPA’s failed second HTV-2 flight surfaces

We have talked about the DARPA HTV-2 hypersonic glider that has been in testing before. The goal of the program is to be able to create a weapon that can strike anywhere on the planet within a few hours. The first test flight resulted in the loss of the HTV-2 about nine minutes into the flight and the aircraft was never found. The second test flight failed in the same phase of the flight. The second failure was further into the flight and was caused by different issues than the first flight failure according to DARPA.

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