Because of security reasons, no doubt, the DOD has restricted overseas military use of sites such as YouTube and MySpace for its personnel. Delve Networks and the DOD’s Military One Source have launched TroopTube. The social site allows active duty, guard and reserve military folks and their families to share videos but they will not be able to embed them elsewhere. The Defense Department will monitor what is shown on the site that could be potential risks. Sign-up is free and uploading is super-simple.
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This past weekend, the Defense Department’s Urban Challenge 2007 took place in the desert between LA and Las Vegas. Driverless, the computer-run vehicles had to maneuver around neighborhood streets and obstacles at a deserted AF base. Although “Junior,” Stanford’s 2006 Volkswagen Passat station wagon diesel, crossed the finish line first, the grand prize went to the Tartan Racing team, based on safety as well as speed. Stanford was second, followed by team Victor Tango. This time, 6 of the 11 finalists crossed the finish line. We can see why the military would be interested in this technology, especially when you consider its shock value application. Check out a video we shot of the Carnegie-Mellon team qualifying for the DARPA event.
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