Japanese military makes a flying orb camera

by Mark R

What you are seeing here is not done with wire removal, but we are seeing a flying robot ball. It bears a strong resemblance to the torture ball robot from the original Star Wars movie, but this doesn’t have a needle on it, but a camera. Yes, the purpose of the flying robot ball is to float in and take pictures. Its ball shape makes it more resistant, it case …

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BodyGuard electric gauntlet delivers a 500,000 volt handshake

by Mark R

This is the BodyGuard, an electro-gauntlet, which is actually the best description of this device that I know. The BodyGuard has some other features, like a laser pointer, video camera, and a hefty taser of with 500,000 volts. I suppose that one could classify it as a weapon, and I suppose that it is much less violent than a gun. I don’t know, but 500,000 volts sounds pretty harmful, however, …

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In the 1960s, the government had their own AT-AT

by Mark R

I’ve always wondered why in the world there isn’t a real-life walking vehicle like the AT-AT from The Empire Strikes Back. After all, what makes the wheel think its so great? Well, it has been tried. Back in the 1960s, the U.S. Army worked with General Electric to create the Cybernetic Anthropomorphous Machine (CAM) to create a walking machine for rough terrain. The purpose of the CAM was not to …

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The Prism 200c Backpack can see through walls

by Mark R

Before I begin this posting, let me put an image in your mind that is straight out of a spy thriller. It starts with a guy like the one in the image, wearing a backpack and leaning up against a brick wall. He then takes out a cell phone and Bluetooth earpiece and looks like he is texting and talking on the phone at the same time. However, this is …

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General Atomics makes a terrific railgun

by Mark R

Some of you might remember when we reported about the railgun that can shoot projectiles at Mach 7, and this one by General Atomics is pretty cool too. You can watch a video of it below if you want to see it in action, and it looks like there is some sort of convention or something that puts this railgun on display. I can’t help but wonder what kind of …

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DARPA augmented reality goggles

by Mark R

For some reason, whenever I hear DARPA, I always associate it with some nifty technology that may or may not exist. DARPA is now working on some holographic augmented reality goggles for soldiers. It is apparently designed for those who need constant air support. Apparently, if soldiers need to get that, they have to go through all sorts of radio links, and then some sort of bureaucratic nightmare until it …

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The Machete Slingshot, sure to be in a movie soon!

by Mark R

The moment that I saw this Machete Slingshot, all I could think about was all the movies that it could be in. Slasher movie villains now have a new weapon. I can just see the helpless victims running as machetes are hurled at them with deadly accuracy. I have a video available after the jump if you want to see some serious sharp-shooting. An obvious pun, I know. I admire …

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MARTUS – Paramilitary Protection for Activists

by Julie

There’s a panic button included in MARTUS, a software program designed by a California based nonprofit called Benetech. The actual program is designed to covertly store data about human rights abuses in countries around the world, were talking serious abuses, like murder and torture. It was ultimately designed to assist human rights workers worldwide who are collecting just such information and using it to document human injustice in nations run …

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