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The Pentagon has ordered hundreds more FirstLook robots, a 5.2-pound, lightweight transportable robot equipped with cameras, sensors and an ability to share or mesh images with other robots in the vicinity, iRobot officials said. FirstLook is engineered with visible cameras, long-wave infrared sensors and thermal cameras – all designed to gather and beam back images […]

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U.S. ground combat forces like the idea of self-controlling, unmanned robots on the battlefield – as long as they don’t have big guns mounted on them. Both the Army and Marine Corps rank autonomy among its future priorities for unmanned ground vehicles. The Army has been trying to develop multi-wheeled UGVs for carrying extra ammo, […]

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The U.S. Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence recently hosted an international effort to see of allied militaries can control each other’s unmanned ground vehicles. Army officials at Fort Benning, Ga., held the first of these experiments in mid July, working with Germany and Turkey to begin developing uniform standards for controlling and operating UGVs in […]

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Over the past dozen years advances in prosthetics have enabled some troops who have lost use of a hand or lower part of a leg to continue to serve; some airborne soldiers have retained their jump status because of strong and sophisticated prosthetics. But touch, feeling something coming into contact with the prosthesis, is something […]

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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said this week’s first-ever landing of an experimental drone on an aircraft carrier shows how the nuclear-powered fleet will remain relevant for decades to come. The X-47B unmanned aircraft’s arrested landing aboard the USS George H.W. Bush on Wednesday in the Atlantic Ocean was the “winning argument” in the debate over […]

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