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Sarcos wins another U.S. contract for Guardian XO full-body exoskeleton

SALT LAKE CITY and BELLEVUE, Wash. — Today, Sarcos Robotics announced that it has been awarded a contract by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to deliver a pre-production version of its Guardian XO full-body, autonomously powered robotic exoskeleton. Sarcos‘ exoskeleton is capable of operating for up to eight hours per battery charge while…

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Endeavor acquisition positions FLIR as next-gen defense robot leader

FLIR Systems Inc. is moving full-steam ahead in its quest to be known as a provider of unmanned systems, not just the thermal imaging cameras, sensors, and components inside them. Wilsonville, Ore.-based FLIR this week agreed to acquire Chelmsford, Mass.-based Endeavor Robotics for $385 million in cash. This is the latest in a series of…

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Army researchers develop novel technique to locate robots and soldiers in GPS-challenged environments

Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have developed a novel algorithm that enables localization of humans and robots in areas where GPS is unavailable. According to ARL researchers Gunjan Verma and Dr. Fikadu Dagefu, the Army needs to be able to localize agents operating in physically complex, unknown and infrastructure-poor environments. “This capability is…

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Algorithm evaluates military robots ability to get up after falling

Scientists at the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU) have developed software to ensure that if a robot falls, it can get itself back up. This means future military robots will be less reliant on their soldier handlers. Based on feedback from soldiers at an Army training…

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DARPA SHRIMP challenge developing microrobots for disaster relief

The U.S. military has been studying microrobots for years, but they tend to be simple machines with limited intelligence. Earlier this week, however, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched a new initiative to improve microrobots that are limited by size, weight and power (SWaP). DARPA SHRIMP (SHort-Range Independent Microrobotic Platforms) is a new competition to…

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US Army making mobile robots more reliable for soldiers

Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University developed a new technique to quickly teach robots novel traversal behaviors with minimal human oversight. The technique allows mobile robots to navigate autonomously in environments while carrying out actions a human would expect of the robot in a given…

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RE2 Robotics wins $2.9 million U.S. Air Force contract to develop a robotic airfield-damage recovery system

RE2 Robotics has won a $2.9 million Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award to develop a drop-in robotic kit to help the Air Force use existing construction ground vehicles as robotic vehicles during cleanup efforts after an airfield strike. “By creating the capability to easily turn construction vehicles into robotic systems without losing…

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