The military and research often move forward together. As a result, the most advanced technologies are in the hands of the military. Here is an anthology of these, whether experimental or really used.
Very flexible and very resistant, the Meshworm can slip into the narrowest places to make a reconnaissance where it is impossible to go. One can imagine the use that the army could make of such a robot. It’s possible to see it moving in this MIT video . [/ tie_slide]
The US Army and BAE Systems have worked together to create a 2 in 1 system. The result is that the thermal system is now mounted on the soldier’s weapon, and the visual information is sent via Bluetooth to a screen attached to his helmet. A time and efficiency gain that has convinced the military: a $ 434 million contract has been signed with BAE to develop the technology for the next five years. [/ tie_slide]
Among the improvements made by this Iron Man armor: night vision, increased physical strength and protection against bullets or fire. The set is designed not to weigh too heavily, and help the soldier less tiring to perform longer. This very serious project has been developed for several years by 56 companies, 16 government agencies, 13 universities and 10 American laboratories. [/ Tie_slide]
Shooting at the sniper rifle requires obvious training and mastery … except, perhaps, with a TrackingPoint guided sniper rifle. This intelligent rifle is equipped with a compass, a ballistic computer, an inertial unit, a laser range finder, a microphone, and multiple sensors for wind speed, pressure, and temperature. Also found on the viewfinder, a 14 megapixel camera, lasers and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The software part exploits Linux: all the calculations are done in the heart of the viewfinder, even if it is possible to broadcast the data and the video stream on a tablet or a smartphone. Once the shooter has the target in its viewfinder, the TrackingPoint takes care of all calculations to ensure the perfect shot. It only takes a few shots to a beginner to hit a target located more than 400 meters. One can easily imagine the potential of such a weapon in the wrong hands. [/ Tie_slide]
The test published on video shows the trajectory of this intelligent ball (in green) able to deviate from its trajectory to reach its target. The way this technology works is, for now, unknown, except that DARPA has specified that the bullet is controlled remotely and in real time via an optical system. [/ tie_slide]
The concept can be visualized in video . [/ tie_slide]
Acquired by Google in 2013, the robotics company Boston Dynamics is working for DARPA among other things. Among his most recent creations is Spot, a quadruped robot with a dog-like attitude . Equipped with four legs with hydraulic suspension and multiple sensors, this robot is able to analyze its environment in real time and restore its balance in the most perilous situations.
It is currently being tested by the US Army in real conditions, but its use has not been disclosed. [/ Tie_slide]