March 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm #156708
Dorothy Ramienski AmatucciParticipant
Even the U.S. Navy is seemingly excited about The Hunger Games.
Well, maybe not really, but they are using the YA novels as inspiration to test robots. GCN reports the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR) is a multi-climate testing facility meant to stretch the limits of machines and autonomous vehicles. The Navy is continuing research into unmanned and autonomous systems. There are five different environments where the robots will be tested:
- Prototyping High Bay, which can be used for small autonomous air and ground vehicles, and the people who work with them. This space contains the world's largest real-time motion capture volume, allowing scientists to get extremely accurate ground truth of the motion of vehicles and people, as well as allowing closed loop control of systems.
- Littoral High Bay, which features a 45-foot by 25-foot by 5.5-foot deep pool with a wave generator capable of producing directional waves, and a slope that allows littoral environments to be recreated.
- Desert High Bay, which contains a 40-foot by 14-foot area of sand 2.5-feet deep, and contains 18-foot-high rock walls that allow testing of robots and sensors in a desert-like environment.
- Tropical High Bay, which is a 60-foot by 40-foot greenhouse that contains a re-creation of a southeast Asian rain forest.
- Outdoor test range, which is a 1/3rd acre highland forest with a waterfalls, stream and pond, and terrain of differing difficulty including large boulder structures and earthen berms.
- Electrical and machine shops, which allow prototypes to be constructed. The facility includes several types of 3D prototyping machines allowing parts to be directly created from CAD drawings. LASR also has a dedicated sensor lab that includes large environmental and altitude chambers and an anechoic chamber, as well as a power and energy lab.
The lab opened on March 16.
March 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm #156712
This is pretty amazing. As an AI enthusiast I'd be pretty interested to learn the types of robots they'll be testing along with the results. But as a citizen, I know I probably never will...
March 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm #156710
Oh you will - one day when the robot is vacuuming your living room 10 years from now. 🙂
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