Tagged: Robots

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So for those that haven’t figured it out, I’m a bit of a NUT when it comes to Robotics.  I LOVE it.  The field has fascinated me since I was a young child.  I own 2 now in my own home and would love to own more.  Simply SHIP them to me for REVIEW!  I promise to lovingly care for them and NEVER RETURN them.  :)

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Throwbot

While almost weekly we hear about some new Pirate attack against shipping targets around the world.  Their taking of hostages and holding crew and cargo for ransom seems to have become a national industry in some parts of the world.  Until now we had not hear of many new tools being used of added to the arsonel of weapons to combat this.

ReconRobotics recent release of a beer-can sized robot based on it’s Throwbot, has bee adapted to be fired from a cannon and stick magnetically to the side of a ship then climb up onto deck.  It can be guided remotely around to see what’s going on with an infrared camera as well.  The video below show’s the throwbot in use in a tactical senario used by a SWAT team.

Sources: TGDaily, ReconRobotics

Navy X47-B

For those that love the Predator and Reapers that are now flying around Afghanistan and other “unmanned drones” they are still be piloted by a REMOTE Pilot.  It doesn’t always end well if contact with the pilot is lost with that human pilot in a trailer somewhere in the world.

The Navy’s new X-47B system slated to come online in late 2014.  It will be deployed with a mouse click system, requiring LESS human interaction.  This point and click won’t only make the plane easier to use to the point a person with little to know Flight experience can control it.  It will also make the plane more reliable, removing human error or the plain not knowing what to do when it looses connection with it’s remote pilot.

A “Click” of the mouse,starts the engine. “Click”of the mouse to taxi, keep clicking and the plane will “take off and come home.”  The plane will be all checked out by it’s deployment date on carrier landings as well as mid-air refueling.  However no one is commenting on it’s capabilities for 100% autonomous weapons drop.

It’s maker Northrop Grumman, intended for this drone to be the first to fly off Nimitz class aircraft carriers and return to that same vessel.   The craft which is being tested now at Edwards AFB, has slipped behind a bit in it’s testing, they had hoped to have been testing the carrier landing ability by now but see that happening in 2013.

With a payload of 4500lbs, Northrop Grumman hopes the X-47B will be an effective 100 percent autonomous weapons platform.

Sources: X-47B, Spectrum, DangerRoom