ARMED AND (REMOTELY) DANGEROUS
Recently, South Korea deployed an armed surveillance robot at a guard post
within the demilitarized zone in Gangwon Province. The robot consists of an array of
cameras and sensors plus a 40 mm grenade launcher.
The robot is remote controlled and it appears to have autonomous sensing and
targeting capability, but it doesn’t fire autonomously. Rather, it’s fired remotely by a
human. In this respect, it’s much the same as a Predator drone or a Talon SWORDS,
except that it’s stationary.
This approach can be very efficient if you have a lot of static area to monitor,
since several robots can be controlled by a small group of humans — with each robot
only alerting its controllers if its sensors detect something relevant. Each of the
robots cost $330,000.
If this trial proves successful, South Korea plans to deploy the robots at all guard
posts along the DMZ, and possibly to some offshore islands.
Robotic Arm Interactive
Orthopedic System has
received a 2010 Gold
Excellence Award. RIO
is used to perform MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing —
a treatment option for patients with early to mid-stage
osteoarthritis of the knee.
"It is an honor to receive this recognition," said Dr.
Maurice R. Ferre, President and Chief Executive Officer of
MAKO."RIO, which was released last year, represents an
important expansion to the previous generation of our
robotic arm surgical system, incorporating enhancements
such as improved dexterity and a more ergonomic
configuration.Additionally, the RIO is an enabling platform
for current and future applications."
The Medical Design Excellence Awards competition
( www.MDEAwards.com) is the only awards program that
exclusively recognizes contributions and advances in the
design of medical products. Entries are evaluated on the
basis of their design and engineering features, including
innovative use of materials, user-related functions that
improve healthcare delivery and change traditional medical
attitudes or practices, features that provide enhanced
benefits to the patient, and the ability of the product
development team to overcome design and engineering
challenges so that the product meets its clinical objectives.
TEAMING UP FOR
Six high-tech science and technology teams from
four continents have been named finalists in the inaugural
Multi Autonomous Ground-Robotic International
Challenge (MAGIC 2010). Teams from the United States,
Turkey, Japan, and Australia have been selected by the US
and the Australian departments of defense to compete
this November in Australia in an effort to develop the
next generation of fully-autonomous ground robots.
The finalists who will compete at the Royal
Showground in Adelaide, South Australia,
November 8-13, are:
· Cappadocia - Ankara, Turkey
· Chiba - Tokyo
· Magician - Perth, Australia
· RASR - Gaithersburg, MD
· Team Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI
· University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia
The competition's aim is to develop teams of robots
which can operate autonomously on the battlefield in
dangerous situations helping keep soldiers out of
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