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DARPA Z-Man project shows how man can climb like geckos

DARPA Z-Man project shows how man can climb like geckos

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.

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Raptor robot channels its inner velociraptor

Raptor robot channels its inner velociraptor

Robotics has seen many substantial developments over the past few years, not the least of which is due to DARPA efforts. One of the newest ones is from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, more commonly called KAIST, that has developed a sprinting robot dubbed the Raptor.

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Oculus Rift puts DARPA cyberwar soldiers virtually ringside

Oculus Rift puts DARPA cyberwar soldiers virtually ringside

DARPA, the US government's R&D arm, is looking to Oculus Rift to make cyber-warfare more approachable to the American military, immersing the military in 3D representations of target networks. Part of Plan X, DARPA's ongoing work on reducing the technical requirements for a new age of digital warfare, the Oculus integration is currently only conceptual, though the agency says it has already been briefed on upcoming hardware from the headset company.

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DARPA HUD gives infantry soldiers enhanced view

DARPA HUD gives infantry soldiers enhanced view

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.

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DARPA issues grant for stealth military motorcycles

DARPA issues grant for stealth military motorcycles

The latest DARPA grant has gone to Logos Technologies, which will use it to develop an almost completely silent stealth motorcycle for military use. There isn't much information on the bike at this time, but when it comes to fruition, it would be used by elite teams of soldiers.

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MIT’s DARPA Atlas robot slated to shed wire tethers

MIT’s DARPA Atlas robot slated to shed wire tethers

This past August, MIT unboxed the impressive Atlas Robot for the DARPA Robotics Challenge, revealing a rather massive piece of machinery complete with various tethers that provide it with fluid and other necessities. In the next six or so months, MIT aims to get rid of those cables, among other things.

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DARPA X-Plane project is now a quartet with three new competitors

DARPA X-Plane project is now a quartet with three new competitors

Late last year we mentioned that DARPA was working on a new project to create a next generation vertical takeoff and landing aircraft or VTOL. The project is called X-Plane and the goal is to design aircraft that can take off and land like a helicopter but fly much faster than a helicopter.

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DARPA handing out money for development of disappearing electronics

DARPA handing out money for development of disappearing electronics

The US military has been rolling out portable electronic devices in droves for soldiers in the field. These gadgets run the gamut from tablets and smartphones to more dedicated devices for specific uses on the battlefield. Having more intelligence in the palm of their hand is a great thing for soldiers, but it also opens the door for those electronic devices to be captured by the enemy potentially revealing data that could be catastrophic in a battle.

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IBM scores DARPA contract to develop self-destructing VAPR

IBM scores DARPA contract to develop self-destructing VAPR

IBM has been in the news frequently this month, the latest of which involves a new contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- better known as DARPA -- to bring its Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR) to reality, making self-destructing electronics a variable technology.

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DARPA Open Catalog brings its open source offerings to the public

DARPA Open Catalog brings its open source offerings to the public

DARPA has announced the launch of a public website offering anyone access to its open source offerings, the Open Catalog. With this comes the hope easy access will facilitate more rapid development of software that meets government needs, allowing experts to build upon the foundation laid by others.

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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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