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China Government Robotics Technology

Competition Tests Student-Built Aerial Espionage Robots 33

Zothecula writes "Some of the most advanced work in autonomous aerial robotics is not done by DARPA, or by massive corporations. Rather, it is accomplished by teams of university students who participate in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC). For the past 23 years, the IARC has challenged college teams with missions requiring complex autonomous robotic behaviors that are often beyond the capabilities of even the most sophisticated military robots. This year's competition, which was held in China and the United States over the past week, saw the team from Tsinghua University in Beijing successfully complete the current mission – an elaborate espionage operation known as Mission Six."
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Competition Tests Student-Built Aerial Espionage Robots

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  • by DavidClarkeHR ( 2769805 ) <> on Friday August 09, 2013 @12:30AM (#44517435)
    Seriously. What could go wrong?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Fraternity Row asks,,,

    Coming to a campus near you soon, the modern replacement for the Blue Box, part time manufacturing and maintenance jobs for Geeks.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Just what we need more of.

  • Wow-- looked like 4 "video camera" sized batteries hanging down from the robot.

    It seemed very slow and tentative- I bet in a few years it will be as fast as a human.

    Wonder if it could have some some kind of hovercraft effect to save battery life once it got inside.

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Those aren't batteries. The battery is mounted horizontally under the center of the quadcopter. The oval white shape between the two red pieces of tape marking the front of the robot is a hole in the shrinkwrap tubing of the battery.

  • Oh, come on. We were all thinking it.

  • Military money needs to be removed from education. Higher education shouldn't be a competition on how fast you can sell out the planet to fascist forces.
    Just cut enough out of their budgets that they can't afford to murder goat herders for profit and plow it into real education.
    Geeks need to stop giving away their power and take charge and authority over our own contribution or it will always be used against us.
    I'm saying this as a former soldier.

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