It’s always good news to hear of a military device intended for war that isn’t branded “death from above,” and that actually saves lives instead of taking them. This can be attributed to the researchers at the University of Michigan who have created a new way to protect helicopters from incoming missile up to 1.8 miles away. What’s different about this missile defense is that it uses a laser based technology to “blind” incoming missiles instead of destroying them. This is done by using a mid-infrared super continuum laser that takes on the heat properties of a helicopter, confusing the missile and causing it to lose “sight” of the helicopter. The device has no moving parts, giving it a long life span on the adverse conditions of aircraft operations. Mohammed Islam, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science stated: “The laser-based infrared countermeasures in use now for some aircraft have 84 pieces of moving optics. They couldn’t withstand the shake, rattle and roll of helicopters. We’ve used good, old-fashioned stuff from your telephone network to build a laser that has no moving parts.” This technology has enabled University of Michigan to start a company called Omni Sciences, funded up to $1 million from the Army and DARPA, to develop a second generation version.
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When Ethan Nicolas’ iShoot hit #1 on the App Store list, he quit his day job to further develop applications. That meant he was making about $21,000 a day from 10,000+ downloads after Apple’s cut. Although it has dropped to #6, the $2.99 artillery game seems to still be making the bucks. There can be up to 4 players at a time, either human or computer, to see who can be the last tank standing. There are 25 weapons, including a mega mortar, dirt ball, stinger missiles and planet buster, realistic sound effects and authentic landscapes for destroying the planet, piece by piece.
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I finally got Iron Man on DVD the other day. Whenever I get a DVD of a comic book movie I ALWAYS get the double disc set because of the extras. I saw when I was ordering it online that this DVD had a history of the character in comics. I love comics and I love history so this was a win-win situation.
So I sat down one night and began watching the extras first before I even watched the film. I saw the film in the theater, so I could wait until I saw the extras first.
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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This week, a hand grenade made its way to the Canadian border. Another one, which turned out to be a toy, was discovered at the McNamara Terminal at Detroit’s Metro Airport. Now you can join the group with the Hand Grenade Alarm Clock. Made of PVC, this clock has to be thrown to turn itself off. This is a perfect gift for those who want to vent their anger when disturbed first thing in the a.m. It’s available at CScout for $39.00.
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Special Materials Ltd. is a Russian weapon company that has decided to create a portable water cannon. They are contemplating the idea of a “non-lethal weapon based on electro-hydrodynamical effect,” which means a sharp mini-electric shock in a jet of water. They say that the results are minor with little chance of injury. Excuse us, but doesn’t water plus electricity mean run away?
The first prototype of the CPS 2000 shot a half ounce of water at 200 feet per second, leaving a spot of about 12-inches diameter on a target which was about 12 feet away. The company is hoping that their eventual super soaker will fire 2 to 7 lbs. of water at a distance of 17 feet. We say, “Ouch!”
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A new video titled Betalicious has made its way onto the internet. It showcases a Mr. Jukes’ foray into the Halo 3 beta. Mr. Jukes is a Microsoft employee, and using his fancy video editing skills, has put together what is easily the best Halo 3 video the public has had a chance to see. It offers a good look into several of the game’s levels, the man cannon, Spartan Laser, and more. One thing is for sure: the Spartan Laser can be absolutely dominant in the hands of someone who knows how to use it, judging by the montage near the end and the scattered clips throughout.
Head to Bungie to download the video and read an interview with Mr. Jukes.
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