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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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SMU researchers working on fiber optic link to brain for controlling robotic prosthetics and more

SMU researchers working on fiber optic link to brain for controlling robotic prosthetics and more

There are untold numbers of people around the world who have lost the use of their limbs from accident or illness that have new hope of being able to use the limb again thanks to some cool research at SMU. A researcher named Marc Christensen has developed a new fiber optic nerve system that may one day allow for a functional link between the brain and an advanced prosthetic limb.

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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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Pentagon wants poo-powered reactors for military?

Pentagon wants poo-powered reactors for military?

The fact that this story turned up yesterday, on April Fool's makes me wonder if this is in fact a joke. That said, it's about poo and I rarely get to write about poo so here it is. According to Wired, the Pentagon is hard at work trying to develop a renewable power source that runs off human excrement (you know caca, poo poo, number two, the big deuce, stanky load, etc).

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No designated driver needed with the Chevy Tahoe self-driving vehicle

No designated driver needed with the Chevy Tahoe self-driving vehicle

If you're going to win the DARPA autonomous vehicle challenge, you've got to be pretty clever; even so, when General Motors (GM) invited the SlashGear CES team to be passengers in their Chevy Tahoe self-driving SUV, there was a little apprehension about giving up the keys to a robot! Of course, we shouldn't have been worried: with 25 sensors, including five radar units giving a 360-degree view of its surroundings, two lasers from specialist Continental and GPS, all feeding data about the driving environment and any potential obstacles into advanced behavior algorithms, the Tahoe had more eyes on the road than the team did!

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