Volocopter and Grab to study the feasibility of deploying air taxi services in Southeast Asia https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/18/volocopter-and-grab-to-study-the-feasibility-of-deploying-air-taxi-services-in-southeast-asia/
My article in Belgian Military Revue was pusblished recently.
You can read it here.
With a 9 percent metabolic rate reduction for walking and 4,5 percent for running, this system can aleviate a bit of the burden for our dismounted soldiers.
Walking and running require different gaits, with each type of motion putting a greater bias on different muscles and joints. Kim et al. developed a soft, fully portable, lightweight exosuit that is able to reduce the metabolic rate for both running and walking by assisting each motion via the hip extension (see the Perspective by…
In order to mitigate the effects of their continuing decline in recruitment South Korea envisions to deploy BioBots by 2024
South Korea is developing next-generation military robots that will mimic the movements and capabilities of birds, snakes, marine creatures and even insects on the battlefields of the future.
DAPA (Defence Acquisition Programme Administration ) plans to deploy robots inspired by humans and insects by 2024, after which it will look towards biobots that draw inspiration from birds, snakes, and various marine creatures.
The Optics Department at IMT Atlantique is headed by Professor Jean-Louis de Bougrenet de la Tocnaye and the Flexible Electronics Department at the Centre Microélectronique de Provence Georges Charpak (Mines Saint Etienne) is headed by Professor Thierry Djenizian. The two departments are currently working together to design an oculometer embedded in a scleral contact lens.…
Drones could get donor organs to recipients more quickly than traditional transport methods, increasing the likelihood that the organs will still be “viable” by the time they reach their destination. The test: On April 19 a drone delivered a donor kidney to surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center, ferrying it from a hospital…
Could be usefull once integrated in to a (less flashy) camouflage pattern.
More info in this paper from KU Leuven : Fooling automated surveillance cameras: adversarial patches to attack person detection
– Tesla considers LIDAR as a bad technology for self driving
– Tesla cars and the required neural networks for self driving are becoming very good because they collect a lot of data and can retrain the networks for all kind of exceptions. This is for Defence a enormous problem because we operate in a non structured world where very little structural data acquisition is being done… so even with the best hardware, we probably won’t be able to have self driving vehicles that can operate cross country and in the unusual conditions we find in operations.
Already chosen to become part of the Infanterist der Zukunft – Erweitertes System (IdZ-ES) for the German Army, this would greatly improve the “first shot hit rate” for our grenadiers.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) recently completed certification of the SMASH weapon sight, following a successful operational testing phase with an elite infantry battalion. SMASH dramatically improves the warfighter’s shooting accuracy and efficiency, even at long range, ensuring the first shot hits the intended target, even in high-stress conditions and following extensive physical effort. Using…
French Company Diodon presents its new inflatable drone DIODON MP40 which is now able to carry up to 4 kg of payload at SOFINS 2019