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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The Draganflyer X6 is a deluxe adventure into spydom. Remotely operated, the mini-helicopter has 11 sensors and thousands of lines of code to self-stabilize while flying. It features a 6 rotor co-axial design with 3 counter rotating pairs at the ends of the arms and matched sets of counter-rotating rotor blades. The X6 has brushless motors and its blades are the only moving parts, so no gears will wear out. The company claims it can fly indoors easily as well as in winds of up to 18 mph. Contact Draganflyer for price, availability and particulars about differing camera modules selection.
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Tired of people beating you to a parking place? Joachim Schoeneich bought a British built Fox tank in Germany to solve the dilemma. The vehicle has a baby seat for the family’s 2 year-old and the 30mm gun has been disarmed. Schoeneich claims it’s still tough to find a parking spot but that he always gets the right of way. The purchase price for the tank was £24,000 (~$47,000.00) and the 4.2 liter engine gets a whole five miles per gallon.
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We know that every time we show you military gadgets you want to play with them, too. So in an effort to keep our readers happy, we have found you the ultimate vacation, a Tank Driving lesson. You and your instructor can play with an Abbott tracked gun, an Armored Personnel Carrier or a six-wheeled Stalwart for about 2 hours. There is a slight catch. You have to be between 5 ft. and 6 ft. 4-inches, weigh less than 252 lbs., and be at least 17 years of age. The cost for the lesson is £175.00 (~$343.00.)
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It appears that is isn’t just the U.S. military using robotic vehicles. The Israeli Guardium is a 4-wheeled robotic soldier, designed to replace humans in scary places. It is operated via command room with a joystick and is mounted with 360º cams, night-vision, and for the tight spots, machine guns. The bot has pre-planned routes and navigates through traffic. With a price starting at $600,000, we say we will gladly use our taxes to purchase a few for both sides and bring our guys home.
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Although police confiscated articles are being legally sold online, government investigators claim that military items are being sold illegally on eBay and craigslist. Posing as regular buyers, the Feds purchased items on the site that included two F-14 fighter jet components, night vision goggles, body armor, and army uniforms. The Government Accountability Office released a report which stated that the gear “could easily have been shipped overseas and used directly against our troops and allies.”
eBay says that only about 1/10 of 1% of items are military related but that things “slip through the cracks,” while craigslist, with its minimal staff of 25, depends on users to flag items on their site.
Who says the military is not into games? When we last told you about the iRobot Packbot, it had barely taken off as a prototype that could fly with a parafoil system. The USDE has been busy and is now teaching its battlefield model, which features a gun and sensory equipment, to run via a Wii controller. It seems that the soldiers spent more time operating the bot than in reading data and they figured this would be a more useful alternative. Engineers have developed software that will send back vibrations if it finds something of importance, like an injured soldier. They would also like to hook it up to an iPhone sometime in the future.
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Funded by DARPA, Boston Dynamics has developed the BigDog. About the size of a goat, it also has the dexterity of one. The gas-powered bot’s control system keeps it balanced so that it can navigate on all types of terrains. Sensors monitor such aspects as hydraulic pressure, oil temperature, engine temperature, rpm, and battery charge. Its legs move in an animalistic way and if something interferes, it simply absorbs the shock and carries on. Watch what happens when some dude decides to give it a kick.
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Can the military ever have enough robots? Apparently not. An iRobot team devised the packbot Griffon, a prototype that combines with a steerable parafoil system. Controlled by radio and running on gasoline, it attaches to the Ozone Razor with two hang points. The kit was meant to be carried by soldiers or civilians for search and rescue missions. We understand that it never went past its practice runs and we suspect that it was forgotten in lieu of newer technology.
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Now that the Pentagon claims to have hit the evil spy satellite and rendered it harmless by their SM-3 missile, experts there
believe that they made a direct hit.
“As we continue to do the post-strike analysis, (it) continues to give us confidence that the hydrazine tank was ruptured. However, the analysis is still ongoing,” spokesman Bryan Whitman said.
There are also reports that some debris has already fallen and that none were larger than footballs. Ouch. We suggest you stay indoors or be alert, just in case.
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