21 Jan '13, 3pm

RP-VITA Approved for Hospital Use, SUGV Approved for Disruptor Use: The FDA puts the blessing on RP-VITA's auton...

RP-VITA Approved for Hospital Use, SUGV Approved for Disruptor Use: The FDA puts the blessing on RP-VITA's auton...

The disruptor that's mounted on the PackBot 310 SUGV isn't quite what we were hoping for, which would have been something significantly more Klingon-y. Instead, it's what is for some reason called a 'Pigstick' disruptor, which is specifically designed to blow the stuffing out of IEDs: Rather than firing some sort of round (like a bullet), the Pigstick disruptor uses an explosive charge to launch a high-velocity projectile of water at a target. This water "slug" does an excellent job of shredding IEDs to bits without setting them off, and while it's not intended for use against humans, I'd stay out of its way if I were you. The good news is that if you ever do accidentally (or otherwise) get hit by a disruptor cannon from an iRobot SUGV, the FDA has decreed that RP-VITA will be available in hospitals to help you out. The specific bit that just got approved is the autonomous...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/medical-robot...

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rubyflow.com 21 Jan '13, 5pm

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Award clock put to good use as a bench meter

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hackaday.com 21 Jan '13, 5pm

When we first saw this post we assumed that the hack used some type of coil injection to drive the hands . But it turns ou...

Breaking: Avis' Zipcar buy likely to be approved by antitrust legislators

Breaking: Avis' Zipcar buy likely to be approve...

green.autoblog.com 22 Jan '13, 1pm

by the idea of car rental giant Avis owning quirky car sharing innovator Zipcar, US regulators will probably approve the d...

Frontline Online: Is this possibly the most creative use of waste ever? @the_ecologist

Frontline Online: Is this possibly the most cre...

theecologist.org 20 Jan '13, 10am

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