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The Drone That Will Never Stop for Directions [Drones]

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Until now, MAVs found their way from A to B with one of two methods—GPS navigation or a human pilot. Problem is, both of those rely on external systems to guide the robot. For a more autonomous MAV, the quad-copter must see for itself. More »


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DARPA realizes it needs contact lenses, opts for those nice AR tinted ones (video)

Friday, April 13th, 2012

DARPA realizes it needs contact lenses, opts for those nice AR tinted ones (video)DARPA saw the battlefield potential in AR glasses ages ago, when even Sergey Brin was happy to wear regular Ray-Bans. It’s now stepped up its investment, giving more cash to one of its research contractors — a company called Innovega — to produce prototype contact lenses that could make military wearable HUDs smaller and less conspicuous. Innovega’s iOptik lenses don’t actually include a display, but rather allow the human eye to focus on an image from a separate accessory that sits right up close to the eyeball. The lenses have different zones that give the wearer multiple areas of focus, so they can see the overlaid augmented reality HUD — such as a feed from an overhead drone — but also warlike events going on in the immediate environment. Judging from the video after the break, however, calling them plain ‘bifocals’ might be taboo.

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America’s Killer Drones… Of the Vietnam War [Video]

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
The armed drone has become a symbol of modern war. Who needs people? We have cheap(ish) robots that can spy and kill for us—and they do, around the world. But before UAVs were rocketing Afghanistan, they roamed Vietnam. More »


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These Are All the US Drone Bases In Pakistan [Military]

Monday, February 20th, 2012

America’s Newest Killer Drone Is Headed to Afghanistan—Let’s Not Lose This One! [Drones]

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

New computer system can read your emotions, will probably be annoying about it (video)

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

It’s bad enough listening to your therapist drone on about the hatred you harbor toward your father. Pretty soon, you may have to put up with a hyper-insightful computer, as well. That’s what researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid have begun developing, with a new system capable of reading human emotions. As explained in their study, published in the Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, the computer has been designed to intelligently engage with people, and to adjust its dialogue according to a user’s emotional state. To gauge this, researchers looked at a total of 60 acoustic parameters, including the tenor of a user’s voice, the speed at which one speaks, and the length of any pauses. They also implemented controls to account for any endogenous reactions (e.g., if a user gets frustrated with the computer’s speech), and enabled the adaptable device to modify its speech accordingly, based on predictions of where the conversation may lead. In the end, they found that users responded more positively whenever the computer spoke in “objective terms” (i.e., with more succinct dialogue). The same could probably be said for most bloggers, as well. Teleport past the break for the full PR, along with a demo video (in Spanish).

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New computer system can read your emotions, will probably be annoying about it (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 22 Nov 2011 16:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Navy’s Robot Jet Fighter Goes for Its First Cruise [Video]

Friday, October 28th, 2011
UAV’s are big, but they’re not jet big—something the Navy’s trying to correct with its X-47B, which aims to replace traditional fighters. Y’know, the ones with humans in them. Watch the drone killer stretch its wings a little. More »


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IEE brings glasses-free 3D to the battlefield

Friday, October 14th, 2011
In a war zone, having the right data is as important as the right bomb sniffing laser. IEE has melded its 4.8-inch 800 x 400 military data display with 3Ms autostereoscopic film so soldiers can see mission-critical data in three dimensions. The Preliminary Advanced Information device is designed to show accurate terrain maps, relay the picture from a drone camera or bring up the occasional blast of Monday Night Football.

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These Drones Transform into Suicide Bombs [Video]

Friday, September 9th, 2011
The US Army’s newest aerial toy is a little different than the rest of its drone brethren. Instead of providing overhead video and maybe shooting off a missile, AeroVironment’s Switchblade UAV is the missile. Portable, kamikaze death from above. More »


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How The CIA Became ‘One Hell of a Killing Machine’ [War]

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

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