LAS VEGAS--The exhibition floor at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's annual North American show--the largest expo for both civilian and military unmanned robotic hardware in the country--opened yesterday, and for the rest of the week the robots are taking over, at least at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in sunny Las Vegas. Naturally, PopSci just couldn't stay away.
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This year's show is cast against a backdrop that is somewhat austere for the many, many robotics systems makers who exhibit here. Most of them do the majority of their businesses with governments around the world, many of which--like the United States--are facing huge cuts in military spending and a slowdown in the acquisition of new technologies. But when the age of austerity closes a door, Congress every so often opens a window. The mandated integration of unmanned systems into the U.S. national airspace by 2015 has many makers of unmanned aerial systems looking to apply their technology to civilian skies, while unmanned ground vehicle makers are making inroads into spaces like telepresence, site security, ground-based infrastructure inspection, and cargo logistics.
It's a brave new robotic world here at AUVSI. Here's a quick roundup of some of the coolest things we've come across so far, and check back throughout the week--we'll be updating this list and posting additional coverage as the week unfolds.
In this article, I hope the MAARS robot is not the back up plane, if Curiosity does find life on Mars. YIKES!
More things so USA can kill more people. Now they have things that will kill USA citizens.
"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours"
- Stephen Roberts
I like those in the Terminator series a lot better!
It is interesting to see these technologies that were originally developed for military use transition into a commercial market.
Hey, boka. It seems all you ever talk about is "the USA is out to kill everyone, therefore, they are terrorists". You know what? Nvm. Trolls will be trolls.
Guns don't kill people, Robots kill people.