Robot innovation continued its relentless advances during 2008. In this post we would like to showcase some of our favorite robots and robot videos of the last year or so. This review is heavily slanted to consumer robots and research robots. Perhaps in the future we can do a review of industrial robots. Continue reading
The U.S. Navy is testing robots boats to address the buccaneers of the 21st siecle.Selon Popular Mechanics the Navy has already tested at least two small USV (UAVs) in weapons designated to patrol ports and defend the vessels Condoles. The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard are both interested in the Protector, a USV than 30 feet long equipped with BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and Rafael of Israel.
The robot is armed with a 7.62mm machine gun.
Stephanie Moncada, BAE Systems, said the robot would be able to consider a potential threat before firing in the job and sink everything he crosses. The favorite tactic of modern pirates seems to be to launch a bogus distress signal in order to ambush any vessel came to the rescue. Continue reading