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Boston Dynamics Latest Robot: WildCat

Posted: October 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: News From the web | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Boston Dynamics Latest Robot: WildCat

Boston Dynamics Latest Robot WildCat

Boston Dynamics, the engineering crew behind some of DARPA’s most advanced legged robots – the Terminator inspired PETMAN, brick tossing BigDog and the towering Atlas, has unveiled their latest creation.

The new bot is called WildCat, and it’s already galloping at speeds up to 25 kmh/16 mph over a flat surface :: Read the full article »»»»

DARPA Develops Navigation Without GPS

Posted: April 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on DARPA Develops Navigation Without GPS

DARPA Develops Navigation Without GPSGPS – Global Positioning System – has served the direction-challenged well, but the satellite based system some pretty outstanding drawbacks. Ever tried using your satnav in a tunnel? …or how-about something as simple as retrieving directions indoors??.

These hiccups might be a slight inconvenience for joe-public, but it’s downright disastrous for the military, the original GPS users.

Our favourite gadget-factory – DARPA – is addressing such concerns with the development of a completely self-sufficient navigation system, one that aids navigation when GPS is down.

DARPA researchers working at the University of Michigan have taken a clever approach with the creation of a – TIMU – Timing and Inertial Measurement Unit. The unit, a single chip containing a six axis IM – three gyroscopes and three accelerometers – integrating with a highly accurate master clock, all in a system  smaller than a 5 cent coin.

The chip integrates breakthrough devices from DARPA’s übercool – Micro-Technology for Positioning Navigation and TimingMicro-PNT program. The TIMU prototype gives the device the superneat ability to gather precise orientation, acceleration and time information to track a user’s position while travelling from point A to B :: Read the full article »»»»