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Slideshow: See the Joint Robotics Repair Detachment in Action

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mrdon
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Re: Interesting controller
mrdon   3/21/2013 1:58:37 PM
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Ann, It's quite interesting you mentioned gamer technology because I was quite intrigue with the solider operating the iRobot Packbot using a game controller. Also, wearable devices are quite big with the military as shown in the video with a heads-up display system embedded with the sunglasses. Cool video!

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Ann R. Thryft   3/21/2013 2:03:26 PM
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mrdon, Jim_E actually brought up gamer technology, but I think it's interesting that widely available input devices like iPads, iPods, or gamer controllers are being used for a lot of military robotics. It's all basically OTS, or COTS in mil terms.

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mrdon   3/21/2013 2:12:53 PM
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Ann, Oops, ok. As it relates to iPads and iPods, I recently developed an Android App for my smartphone using App-Inventor software to create a simple gesture controller for my LEGO Mindstorms NXT controller. Using portable devices like iPads, iPods, and Android smartphones integrated with gesture control software can create new technologies to be used with OTS and COTs as well.

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Re: So that's how military robots keep going
William K.   3/23/2013 4:36:32 PM
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IT would have been a whole different scene if there had been robotic infantry back in 1967. When a robot dies, nobody cries.

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William K.   3/23/2013 4:39:24 PM
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That would be the one job to refuse, which is the one recovering unexploded ordinance. THAT is a very dangerous job, since the defects in "whatever" are unknown and in addition very unpredictable.

warren@fourward.com
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Re: So that's how military robots keep going
warren@fourward.com   3/23/2013 8:58:12 PM
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Well, William K, its a living...  :-)

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Cabe Atwell   3/25/2013 2:43:59 PM
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MrDon,

Yes, this is one of the few occasions where bots are a welcome site in the work place.

 

In a gesture of brotherly love and DIY finesse, Ernie Fessenden built an RC truck with a built in camera to keep his bother safe in Afghanistan. His brother, Sergeant Chris Fessenden, routinely used this "Traxxis Stampede RC truck" in the battle field. The RC truck's hood mounted camera sent a video relay to an LCD that Sergeant Chris Fessenden had attached to his rifle. When an object in the road looked suspicious, the RC truck would be deployed.

During one such incident, the truck was sent out to investigate an area. During the investigation, the RC truck triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) intended to be used on Sergeant Fessenden's convoy. All soldiers were saved from the 500 pounds of explosives, but the $500 dollar RC truck was lost. Ernie Fessenden has already sent another replacement. He is a good brother.

What troubles me in this story is the fact that a home-made device is all the group of soldiers had to investigate a possible trap. I think something like this RC truck should be in every military vehicle. Are a handful of lives not worth $500? If I had Ernie Fessenden's plans for his truck, I would gladly build a few.

(Story pulled from element14)

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Cabe Atwell   3/25/2013 2:44:23 PM
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Jim_E,

Gaming controllers are often used in drone/bot activity in the military. A great use of gaming skills, but way more traumatizing than any game. I wonder how detached those pilots become..

C

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Jim_E   3/26/2013 1:23:41 PM
>Gaming controllers are often used in drone/bot activity in the military. A great use of >gaming skills, but way more traumatizing than any game. I wonder how detached >those pilots become..

As a former gamer,I almost hate to say this, but I suspect that the current ultra-realistic first person shooter (FPS) games likely end up having the players develop a sort of insensitivity towards what they are doing. 

I must be getting old, but when I read about how some of these modern day mass murders played FPS games, I can't help but think that the games might have some influence on their actions.  Obviously most of them have some sort of mental health problems, and you can't just blame the games (or the guns) but it can't be a beneficial thing for them to play FPS games.

 

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Cabe Atwell   3/27/2013 10:40:10 PM
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Jim,

You certainly have inspired me to look into the drone pilot's mental health. I would like to know more than "this many people died from drones today" type of coverage.

C

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