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BionicOpter - Inspired by dragonfly flight (w/video)

With the BionicOpter, Festo has technically mastered the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly. Just like its model in nature, this ultralight flying object can fly in all directions, hover in mid-air and glide without beating its wings.

Posted: Apr 4th, 2013

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Bluefin Robotics completes deep testing of DARPA Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

The system was developed under a Phase II subcontract from Applied Physical Sciences Corp. for the Deep Sea Operations (DSOP) Program. DSOP is part of DARPA's Distributed Agile Submarine Hunting program (DASH), which aims to develop affordable distributed technology to address Anti-Submarine Warfare surveillance needs over large, operationally relevant areas.

Posted: Apr 4th, 2013

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New TopCoder competition seeks to bring sight capability to ISS robot Robonaut 2

TopCoder, Inc., the world's largest open innovation platform and competitive community of 470,000 digital creators, announced two new marathon competitions hosted through the NASA Tournament Lab that will look to continue delivery of output-based high value returns in the most cost-effective and measurable software development process currently available to government agencies.

Posted: Apr 3rd, 2013

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The Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems (JUVS) is a new quarterly, electronic-only publication

This new title aims to provide an accessible, consolidated forum where an accumulation of peer-reviewed scientific knowledge on the design, development, testing, and applications of unmanned vehicle systems (UVS) in the air, on and under the water, and on land is published and disseminated. The journal is broadly themed into four main areas: civil, environmental, military, and engineering technology; contributions are invited from recognized researchers and practitioners in academia, government and industry from all over the world.

Posted: Mar 28th, 2013

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The robot is complete - arms and hands for TORO, the walking machine

TOrque controlled humanoid RObot (TORO), the German Aerospace Center's walking machine, has become more human-like - an upper body, a head with camera eyes and arms have been added. TORO is now complete, with forearms and hands with sensors and flexible joints that allow it to respond to its environment with exceptional sensitivity.

Posted: Mar 26th, 2013

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Robots assist human shipping cargo inspectors

To help save time and money, and improve the accuracy and quality of cargo inspections, an EU-funded research project has developed a fleet of remote-controlled robots that crawl through cargo ships in search of cracks, corrosion and other defects.

Posted: Mar 26th, 2013

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