Goodbye Transformer, Hello Transformer
Fear not, flying-jeep adherents, DARPA may have blinked and turned its Transformer fly/drive vehicle into the Ares modular VTOL unmanned delivery system, but there are others out there who still hope to make your dream come true.
Transformer was intended to demonstrate a lightly armored vehicle that could fly four people from ship to shore then drive on and off road, lifting off to fly over ambushes or IEDs -- and highly automated so piloting skills would not be required.
AUVSI: Transformers: Robots in disguise
Although the idea of using unmanned vehicles to remove wounded soldiers from the battlefield isn't likely to translate soon to an operational system, companies around the world are tapping into the market. And if the USA is lagging in coming to the battlefield extraction fold, a little funding could go a long way in an industry ripe to boom.
Buddies Explosive ordnance disposal is a dangerous task for anyone
to undertake, but new robots are giving servicemembers more capability
and control while keeping them out of harm’s way.
to the Rescue Unmanned platforms have assumed an important role on today’s
battlefield, and as technology advances so too do the missions that
they become capable of. Casualty care is a promising option.
ACTD The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN)
Unmanned Ground Reconnaissance (CUGR) Advanced Concept Technology
Demonstration (ACTD) will demonstrate the military utility of using
a robotic platform in limited access areas for chemical, radiological
and biological detection.
Projects The PACKBOT projects funded by TATRC known as the Bloodhound
and Valkyrie casualty location, assessment and extraction robots have
Signs The TATRC robot team is being equipped to locate casualties
using the Ultrawide band radar Soldier Vision and Remote Casualty
Location and Assessment Device (RCLAD).
Rescue Article No one gets left behind. Thanks to GPS, in the near future
U.S. military forces could be much better positioned to keep this
promise without jeopardizing additional lives.
Robot Grunts Ready for Duty Hunting for guerillas, handling roadside bombs, crawling
across the caves and crumbling towns of Afghanistan and Iraq -- all
of that was just a start.
at a Distance Robot surgeons promise to save lives in remote communities,
war zones, and disaster-stricken areas.
in the OR -- Stat! Under a TATRC research grant, Surgeon Michael R. Treat
and his team at Robotic Surgical Tech, Inc. have developed a robotic
surgical assistant, named "Penelope," to perform tasks
usually assigned to the scrub nurse.
Make the Rounds To Ease Hospitals' Costs TOBOR is a robot used in VA hospitals as a delivery "droid"
that ferrying medicines from the hospital's central pharmacy to its
wards 24 hours per day via the hospital corridors and elevators
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