Posts Tagged ‘Drones’

US Dept of Defense wants autonomous robot army by 2034

-Swarm robots… doing the robot.

Posted: June 26, 2010 in 2010, Videos

The victory dance of our robot overlords

The Nao robots, developed by Aldebaran Robotics,  demonstrate the latest agility in robotics.  The movements start out very simple with just simple arm motion but just wait it gets much more interesting.

Future police: Meet the UK’s armed robot drones

Surveillance Drones To Zap Protesters Into Submission

WIRED’s Danger Room had too much relevant content so far this year for it to make sense trying to repost it all. The code from pasting their headlines went haywire, no time to manually fix, sorry.

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Air Force Completes Killer Micro-Drone Project


When we last checked in with the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems in the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne, Switzerland, their evolving robots had learned how deceive other robots about the location of a resource. Since then, their robots have continued to evolve, learning how to navigate a maze, beginning to cooperate and share, and even developing complex predator-prey interactions.

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How do you make sniper target practice more helpful and more fun? By shooting at Segway robots, of course.

To train its snipers in realistic conditions, the Australian Department of Defence enlisted the help of Marathon Robotics of Sydney, Australia, to set up a course populated by Segways with plastic, 3D, human-size dummies onboard.

The Segways are programmed to wander around a small village aimlessly, with the robots leaning forward to accelerate and backward to stop, making them harder to hit. When a sniper does pick one of them off, the system provides instant visual feedback by stopping and dropping the mannequin. The robots then all scatter automatically.

The Rover system (PDF) uses GPS and a scanning laser rangefinder for navigation, positioning, and obstacle detection and avoidance.

Rover system

The human-size mannequins are made from durable plastic that’s supposed to withstand hundreds of shots.

(Credit: Marathon Robotics)

Rover system

When a robot is shot, the rest of the robots respond by scattering and running for cover. The Rover system can run by day and night, in all weather, for hours at a time.