Getting-closer-to-human prosthetics

Getting-closer-to-human prosthetics

When I wrote about DARPA’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics program in Popular Science back in 2007, the editors, without running it by me first, called it out on the cover with a headline that sold the project as creating a “bionic arm that’s better than...
Team Grit’s DARPA Robotics Challenge robot

Team Grit’s DARPA Robotics Challenge robot

Karl Castleton, head of Team Grit, the all-volunteer DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) contender out of Grand Junction, Colorado, sent me this photo of the team’s robot, Cog-Burn. The DRC Finals is going down this June 5-6 at Fairplex in Pomona, California....
PopMech: DARPA Jargon

PopMech: DARPA Jargon

DARPA, the government agency that gave us the Internet and stealth aircraft, has come up with some pretty interesting program names over the years. The names are as unique as the program managers who run them, and reflect the personalities of these mavericks of...
Talking rockets & robots in Kingston

Talking rockets & robots in Kingston

For all you sci-fi-coming-true fans in my neck of the woods, I’ll be speaking in Kingston, NY this Wednesday about the latest stories I’m covering. The occasion is the weekly Rotary Club of Kingston luncheon at Christina’s Restaurant, 812 Ulster Ave,...
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