DARPA Robotics Challenge

DARPA

DARPA stands for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

I just learned about this. It is a competition of robot systems and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters.

Teams from such places as Drexel University, NASA Jet Propulsion Labs, Carnegie Mellon University-NREC, NASA Johnson Space Center, Virginia Tech and MIT participate. Research and development of software, hardware, human-machine control interfaces that will enable their robots to complete a series of challenge tasks selected by DARPA for their relevance to disaster response.  As well as development of various sensors is the basis of the challenge.

The software portion of the competition was tested this past June.

Trials take place December 20-21 in which 8 tasks are to be performed by the robots. Vehicle, Terrain, Ladder, Debris, Door, Wall, Valve and Hose. The finals are said to occur at the end of 2014 and the winning team is set to receive a prize of $2 million.

The purpose for these robots is to assist in transforming the field of robotics and catapult forward development of robots featuring task-level autonomy that can operate in the hazardous, degraded conditions common in disaster zones.

Now this is interesting and innovative but in my opinion it is also quite frightening. It reminds me of the film I, Robot with the idea of robots having a mind of their own and taking over the world. Especially with a lot of them having a human like shape.

What do you think?

Xbox One Microsoft Store Display Follow Up Post

I mentioned in a previous post how the new Xbox One was in the episode of Two Against One, Grey’s Anatomy. This was released Thursday, November 7th, about 2 weeks before the launch date.

I think it’s pretty cool how they threw a subtle advertisement into the show which you can call product placement but I didn’t get that feel. It was just a sick teenage boy playing a game awaiting his tumor removal surgery in my opinion.

Grey's Anatomy Two Against One Xbox One Killer Instinct

Happy Thanksgiving To All

After the festivities I will lay back and play with my new games. No Black Friday for me.

What are your plans my friends?

My Gaming Haul

Candid

 

Excuse the informal shot but I was excited and just snapped the pic. These are all of my goodies from the Xbox One launch day! Can you tell I was saving up or what?!

Here we have the Xbox One console of course, an additional controller, rechargeable batteries because unfortunately a $500 device just provides ordinary AA batteries and games.

Dead Rising 3, Ryse, Battlefield 4, Forza and Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag.

Let’s not forget the special edition, black & gold Nintendo 3DS XL with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds game also released November 22nd.

Xbox One Microsoft Store Display

Xbox One Microsoft Store Display

This is the display for the Xbox One at the Microsoft Store in Columbus Circle, New York.

The game up on the screen is Killer Instinct which is a free downloadable game and you pay for the characters.

Interestingly this game can be seen being played on the Xbox One in last week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy titled, Two Against One.

Launch Day November 22!

Call of Duty: Ghosts Hardened Edition

$119.99

Call of Duty: Ghosts Hardened Edition

Also available on PC Digital

Included: Collectible Steelbook, Paracord Strap, Season Pass, Free Fall Dynamic Bonus Map and more.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Prestige Edition

 

$199.99

Call of Duty: Ghosts Prestige Edition

 

Included: Collectible Steelbook, Paracord Strap, 1080p Tactical Camera, Season Pass, Free Fall Dynamic Bonus Map and more.