• DARPA Is Using Oculus Rift To Build The ‘Mega Man Battle Network’ Of Cyberwarfare

    DARPA Is Using Oculus Rift To Build The ‘Mega Man Battle Network’ Of Cyberwarfare

    In a surprising amount of futuristic visions of how hacking will work in the future, the experience is immersive, rather than something done hunched over a computer looking at lines of code scroll by. DARPA appears to agree with the full-body submersion vision of hacking’s future, as it’s working on an Oculus Rift-based interface for use by U.S. military hackers, one part of its Plan… Read More

  • How To Say No, And Other Tips From Inside SRI’s Venture Process Crunch Network

    How To Say No, And Other Tips From Inside SRI’s Venture Process

    Editor’s note: Norman Winarsky is the Vice President of Ventures at research and technology development organization SRI International. What have we learned over more than 65 years of invention and commercialization? There are several specific ways in which our venture processes stand in contrast to what is in vogue today. These are lessons that anyone in the business of innovation… Read More

  • DARPA’s Cheetah Robot Will Stab You With Its Pointy Legs

    Seriously: this is what is going to do our fighting soon. Imagine stand-off situations with this bastard rolling through the door and then skittering across the marble floor of Oslo City Hall straight into a crowd of hostages, aiming right at the gunman. The design is based on Big Dog, our former favorite dangerous monster robot, but this guy can to 18 miles an hour, five miles faster than… Read More

  • DARPA Contest Winners Prove Shredders Aren’t Quite As Safe As You Think

    DARPA Contest Winners Prove Shredders Aren’t Quite As Safe As You Think

    DARPA’s Shredder Challenge, a contest to reconstruct documents from a slurry of shredded paper, has been solved, suggesting that my grandmother may be barking up the wrong tree when she shreds the Campmor catalog. Three scientists with experience in computer vision and mobile technology, Otavio Good, Luke Alonso, and Keith Walker, scanned each chunk for unique characteristics that… Read More

  • “All Your Shreds Are Belong to U.S.” Wins $50,000 DARPA Shredder Challenge

    “All Your Shreds Are Belong to U.S.” Wins $50,000 DARPA Shredder Challenge

    A San Francisco-based team has just won the DARPA Shredder Challenge. DARPA, the government agency whose work led to the creation of the Internet, challenged the public to reconstruct five shredded documents. The winning team, called “All Your Shreds Are Belong to U.S.” completed the task in 33 days, spending nearly 600 man-hours building algorithms and piecing together more… Read More

  • DARPA Video Shows The Evolution Of The Hummingbot Nano UAV

    We’ve been following DARPA’s Nano UAV program since 2009, and it’s really remarkable how it’s gone from clumsy to cool to creepy in just a year and a half. DARPA thinks so too, so they put together a little video tribute to the thing. There isn’t much in the way of new footage in this, but it’s nice to have everything in one place. Read More

  • DARPA Wants Full-Disk Encryption For Android, iOS Devices

    DARPA has put out a request for full-disk encryption for iOS and Android-based devices. The deal is that the Defense Advances Research Projects Agency wants to have greater choice when it comes to smartphone selection, having used the BlackBerry for years without complaint. That’s because it was only the BlackBerry that met the agency’s encryption requirements. Read More

  • Sweet Winning DARPA Combat Vehicle Designs Shown Off

    Last month we mentioned how DARPA and Local Motors were trying out a crowdsourcing model for producing a concept combat vehicle. Well, the entries have been vetted and voted on, and they’ve put them into a nice gallery for you. They’re pretty awesome — kind of like the stuff I used to draw in school, but… you know, better. Here are the top 3 (more at Local Motors): Read More

  • Video: Unmanned Naval Stealth Fighter's First Flight

    The X-47B is a new stealth unmanned aircraft intended for the US Navy. The plane is a large step toward virtual warfare, something claimed to help save lives. Not only does it require no human to fly, but it can take off and land on a carrier and refuel mid-flight, both considered one of the toughest challenges for today’s pilots. The X-47B has the ability to stay in the air… Read More

  • DARPA Tries Open-Source, Goes After Professionals For XC2V Combat Support Vehicle

    DARPA, the Defense Department’s R&D wing, does some pretty amazing stuff. And when they aren’t getting what they want from their engineers, they let others help. Like in the Grand Challenge and its related programs — sometimes just dangling a cash prize and some specs out there is worth more than all your eggheads and skunk works combined. Read More

  • Lockheed & Darpa Develop Real Life ‘Aimbot’ For Snipers

    From one military story to another. It looks like Lockheed and DARPA have jointly developed a system that makes it easier for snipers to pick off their targets. Yes, a real life aimbot of sorta. It’s called the integrated spotter scope, and means that snipers would be able to shoot effectively from a distance of up to 3,600 yards. That’s quite far, indeed. Read More