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Army to Shrink Robot Fleet

by Matt Cox on August 13, 2013

The U.S. Army plans to trash nearly half of its small robotic vehicle fleet and develop a new family of unmanned ground vehicles capable of multiple missions across services. Over the past 10 years of war, soldiers have come to rely on small, back-pack sized UGVs for searching cramped, shadowy caves and inspecting suspected enemy […]

The crude explosive devices used against runners and spectators at the Boston Marathon were similar to the kitchen pot bombs aimed at U.S.  troops on foot patrol in Afghanistan, law enforcement and Congressional officials said Tuesday. For nearly 10 years, presidential directives, Homeland Security Department reports and local law enforcement officials have warned of the […]

Army researchers soon will begin testing a new treatment for traumatic brain injury, or TBI, that involves sending nerve-impulses directly to the brain through the tongue. A soldier would bite down on the battery powered device for about 20 or 30 minutes while carrying out a series of physical, occupational or cognitive exercises tailored specifically […]

The U.S. Army recently awarded a $10 million contract to iRobot Corp to help keep its tiny, bomb-disposal robots running on the battlefield. The Army’s Robotic Systems Joint Program Office awarded the Oct. 15 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for maintenance training and spare parts for the iRobot 310 SUVG, a man-portable robot designed to enter areas that […]

NFL football players will wear the same sensors this season inside their helmets that U.S. soldiers have worn in Afghanistan to measure concussions. The sensors measure the blasts sustained by soldiers from improvised explosive device (IED)  blasts in combat and then survey the soldiers to see if they suffered a concussion. Army officials say they […]