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RoboSimian One Of Eight Finalists In DARPA Robotics Challenge
2014-01-14 10:25:33

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Back on December 20-21, 2013, at the Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida, 16 teams from around the world submitted robots in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials. This challenge was created to observe the state of robotics and their potential use in disaster response. The eight highest scoring teams will receive continued funding from the government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to enable them to compete in...

NASA Robot Valkyrie
2013-12-11 10:15:16

[ Watch the Video: NASA's Valkyrie Robot Ready For Competition ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just over a week before the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge trials in Homestead, Fla., NASA has unveiled its mechanized entry – a six-foot tall, humanoid robot named Valkyrie. With an appearance not unlike Ironman, the superhero robot is equipped with detachable arms, sonar sensors, mounted cameras, and a glowing circle in the...

NASA Robonaut 2 Gets Legs
2013-12-10 12:21:04

[ Watch the Video: NASA Building Legs For ISS Robonaut 2 ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In what seems to be the latest step toward Star Trek-like technology, NASA has finished building mechanized legs for the International Space Station’s (ISS) robotic crew member, R2. Currently attached to a support post, the R2 robot arrived on the ISS back in February 2011 and has been performing a series of tasks to test its functionality in a microgravity environment....


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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