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US Navy to test robot firefighters for taming shipboard blazes

US Navy to test robot firefighters for taming shipboard blazes

The military and government in the US is putting a lot of research and money into developing robots for various uses. DARPA is trying to build robots that can be used in an emergency in environments where humans can’t safely operate for instance. NASA is also working on building robots, like Robonaut, that can be used in space.

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Q-Warrior headgear is Google Glass for the battlefield

Q-Warrior headgear is Google Glass for the battlefield

One of the more interesting of the current crop of wearables is Google Glass. This wearable headset has caused a lot of controversy so far with some places banning people from wearing the headset inside out of privacy concerns. One woman in California was ticketed for wearing Google Glass while driving, but the ticket was later dismissed.

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Israel to use C-MUSIC aircraft lasers to combat MANPADS

Israel to use C-MUSIC aircraft lasers to combat MANPADS

The team responsible for protecting Israel’s commercial jets at the Israel Ministry of Defense have announced that they’re about to start doing it with lasers. They’ll be protecting these craft with SkyShield, a system developed by Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems. This system utilizes laser technology with a thermal camera to deflect incoming threats.

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Obama: “we’re building Iron Man” (and here’s how)

Obama: “we’re building Iron Man” (and here’s how)

If you’ll remember back in October of 2013 there was a story about how a "real Iron Man" was being built by the US Army. This week, US President Barack Obama spoke up on the White House’s next initiative for manufacturing innovation in the United States. In this speech, he suggested that the reason the press was gathered was that the United States government was building Iron Man - it was a joke, of course.

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US military lab working on pizza MRE good for up to three years on a shelf

US military lab working on pizza MRE good for up to three years on a shelf

The food soldiers are sent out into the field with is notoriously unsavory. The MREs the US military uses are known for keeping soldiers fed when in the field, but not always for tasting good. With all the research that the military puts into weapons and vehicles, many American soldiers have long wished some of that research money would be spent on better food.

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Lockheed Martin and US Army complete urban environment autonomous convoy demo

Lockheed Martin and US Army complete urban environment autonomous convoy demo

Typically, when we talk about autonomous vehicles, we are talking about Google and major automakers trying to get the tech ready for the roads around the nation. The US military is also looking to a future of autonomous vehicles that will allow convoys to deliver goods through hostile territory without putting soldiers at risk.

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VIPE Holodeck aims to answer U.S. Army’s call for next-generation training

VIPE Holodeck aims to answer U.S. Army’s call for next-generation training

The future of combat is within sight, if recent statements by officials and rapidly advancing technologies are any indication. It was recently stated drones and robots will replace a large number of soldiers in the US's future Army, and now such technologies promise to alter the future of solider training altogether.

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U.S. Army expects to replace a quarter of soldiers with robots by 2040

U.S. Army expects to replace a quarter of soldiers with robots by 2040

Robotics is a fast-growing industry, and in the next couple of decades, could be responsible for producing a large portion of the Army's soldiers. Said General Robert Cone in an Army Aviation symposium, the Brigade Combat Team could be reduced from 4000 to 3000 soldiers, using a combination of drones and robots to fill the reduced ranks.

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Google-owned SCHAFT robot wins DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials

Google-owned SCHAFT robot wins DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials

The Google-owned Japanese robotics company SCHAFT has won the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials by a wide margin. It scored 27 out of 32 points, beating its nearest competitor IHMC Robotics by seven points. Coming up third was Tartan rescue with 18 points, and MIT following that with 16 points.

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RQ-180 drone leaks continue ahead of Mach 6 “Son of Blackbird”

RQ-180 drone leaks continue ahead of Mach 6 “Son of Blackbird”

The clandestine RQ-180 drone developed for secretive electronic surveillance and strike missions for the US Air Force has been further detailed, though military officials still refuse to confirm the leaked $2bn project. First revealed earlier this month as part of an Air Force project to operate high-altitude remote missions in hostile airspace, the RQ-180 will fly as high as 11 miles up, it's suggested, and be the first in a new breed of super-fast, super-stealth drones slowly becoming public.

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RQ-180 Stealth Drone revealed as US Air Force targets hostile skies

RQ-180 Stealth Drone revealed as US Air Force targets hostile skies

Forget Amazon delivery drones; the US Air Force's latest unmanned stealth craft has reportedly already taken to the skies, potentially capable of mounting clandestine electronic warfare in enemy territory. The drone, believed to be the RQ-180 and made as part of a potentially $2bn project by Northrop Grumman, is already running test flights ahead of full operations by 2015, it's reported, and be focused on missions in airspace where the US Air Force's existing, less stealthy unmanned craft cannot go.

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Fuel-cell powered UAV launched from submerged submarine

Fuel-cell powered UAV launched from submerged submarine

A US Navy submarine has made a successful launch of an aircraft while submerged. The submarine used in the test was the USS Providence. The UAV launched by the submarine was a small fuel-cell powered unit that was able to fly a mission lasting several hours.

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