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Microsoft ‘Special Projects’, run by former Darpa head, to take on Google X

Microsoft ‘Special Projects’, run by former Darpa head, to take on Google X

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Microsoft is aiming to pioneer disruptive technological advances with a new department it calls Special Projects. And it's hired an ex-Darpa head to make sure everything is cutting edge. Google X does similar things with the goal of achieving its "moonshots"... >>

Darpa project Ares hails an autonomous modular flying revolution

Darpa project Ares hails an autonomous modular flying revolution

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Darpa is working on a new project dubbed Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System (Ares) which aims to supplement helicopters in the battlefield. Choppers are expensive both financially and in terms of manpower and training. This autonomous system aims... >>

Darpa pays IBM to develop self-destructing chips

Darpa pays IBM to develop self-destructing chips

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Darpa, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has paid IBM £3.4m to create self-destructing chips. This budget comes from a government scheme that started last year called Vanishing Programmable Resources. It was created after the embarrassment... >>

Super agile, Google-owned Ed-209-like robot called Schaft wins Darpa challenge

Super agile, Google-owned Ed-209-like robot called Schaft wins Darpa challenge

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Meet Schaft, this year's winner of the Darpa Robotics Challenge. All the robots entered were set goals based on real-world scenarios in dangerous situations, such as fires, and were awarded points for completing tasks, with additional more points for... >>

Want to control your phone with your mind? There's an app for that under Darpa development

Want to control your phone with your mind? There's an app for that under Darpa development

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) is working on a project that will create an affordable headset and accompanying app for reading the human mind. So you could soon be sending a text without even taking your mobile out of your pocket,... >>

DARPA Cheetah sets robot running record (video)

DARPA Cheetah sets robot running record (video)

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Last time we reported on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) here on Pocket-lint it was busy losing a $300 million aircraft at sea (probably). But, rather than sit about crying over spilt milk, the clever bods at the US agency responsible... >>

Falcon HTV-2: Lost in space

Falcon HTV-2: Lost in space

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Oh dear. When we brought you news on Thursday about the Falcon HTV-2; the fastest plane ever that was preparing to take flight, we didn't think it would end like this. Officials at the US Defence Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced that... >>

Falcon HTV-2: The fastest plane ever prepares to take flight

Falcon HTV-2: The fastest plane ever prepares to take flight

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DARPA’s Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV2) will take to the skies on Friday (its 11 August flight was cancelled due to the weather) for its second, and final, test flight - where it will reach speeds of 13,000mph. A speed that makes it easily... >>

Stanford junior announced for DARPA Urban Challenge

Stanford junior announced for DARPA Urban Challenge

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The Stanford team behind the DARPA Grand Challenge 2005 winning autonomous robotic car Stanley, has shown off its latest vehicle for the next DARPA Challenge to be held later this year in November. Designed to show that creating a self driving car will... >>

Robot desert race ends with success for four vehicles

Robot desert race ends with success for four vehicles

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Four robotic driverless vehicles crossed the finish line and into the history books on Saturday after traversing almost 132 miles of desert terrain in Primm, Nevada, guided only by laser sensors and onboard computers. The race which was sponsored by DARPA... >>