It is not unusual for Hollywood to refer to the US Military personnel for realistic movie plot, but this time it is the other way around. Legacy Effects, the company known for designing props for movies such as Iron Man and RoboCop has been hired by the U.S. Military to design a war suit to protect soldiers in the field.
While the virtual reality gaming universe appears to be taking off, the Oculus Rift VR headset is being used for a wide variety of purposes - like personal safety in a war zone. What the creators behind "Stringer" have done is to make a VR environment in which journalists - or the interested onlooker - can get as close as possible to a battlefield situation without actually being there. Once inside, the user sees what it’s like attempting to cover a war.
If imitation is the best form of flattery, then geckos should feel honored. Taking inspiration from what it claims are the world's best climbers, DARPA's Z-Man project demonstrated how a human of rather heavy constitution can scale up a vertical wall using nothing other than a pair of paddles.
There’s nothing like a good free World War II massively multiplayer online game to start your early weekend off right. War Thunder is one of several of such games out on the market today - you’ll also find World of Warplanes (with airplanes) and World of Tanks (with tanks), but until now, no game with the whole shebang. While we’re still waiting for the troops, War Thunder Ground Forces brings on both tanks and planes in one single battlefield.
DARPA has created a simple-looking and handy heads-up display (HUD) for infantry soldiers, with the unit being attached to their helmet and positioned in front of one eye. It is quite a bit larger than the tiny displays used in Glass and similar products, being akin to the HUD fighter pilots use.
The secret Defense Department zombie plan named CONOP 8888 is real - and yet it’s not. Designed as a plan that "could never be mistaken for a real plan," military planners assigned to the U.S. Strategic Command took this Zombie scenario to a very real place.
Godzilla is nearly at our doorstep. In less than a week, Godzilla’s 2014 big-screen movie will be bringing mayhem to the world. Understandably, the folks at Air & Space with the Smithsonian decided it’d make far more sense to speak about the film with the United States Air Force than the filmmakers - not about the film, but about Godzilla himself.
The US Navy will begin in-the-wild trials of a laser weapon that can bring down aircraft or small vessels this summer, controlled just like a video game and costing about $1 a shot. The technology will be deployed initially on the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport dock in the Persian Gulf, rather than mounted to a shark's head, the Navy confirmed, and is part of R&D weaponry trials that also include railguns.
It’s rare that we’ll cover a firearm here on SlashGear, but when TrackingPoint shows off a smart automatic rifle series like the one we’re seeing today, we’ve got to change a tune. What you’ve got here is the TrackingPoint 500 Series AR rifle, working with a variety of technologies that make certain the carrier is the most accurate - machine accurate - in the field.
Being able to turn water into fuel for vehicles is something that has been a dream of researchers for decades. A team of researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory, Materials and Science division, have demonstrated a proof of concept for a fuel created from seawater. The team developed a process for the recovery of carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater that was then converted into a liquid hydrocarbon fuel.