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As Open Source Goes Mainstream, Institutions Collaborate Differently

Alex Howard | TechRepublic | November 14, 2014

18F has quietly become the bleeding edge of the US federal government's adoption of open source software. Read about the benefits and challenges of open source going mainstream...

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Atlas Unplugged: The Six-Foot-Two Humanoid Robot That Might Just Save Your Life

Steve Ranger | ZD Net | January 21, 2015

From the people who brought you the internet, the latest version of the Atlas robot will be used in its disaster-fighting robotic challenge...

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Can You Forecast The Spread Of A Deadly Disease?

Caitlin Fairchild | Nextgov.com | August 18, 2014

How do you accurately predict the spread of a painful and sometimes deadly disease?  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is hoping to do just that, with its latest crowdsourcing project...

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DARPA Offers Free Watson-Like Artificial Intelligence

R. Colin Johnson | EE Times | December 10, 2014

If you wonder what the government has done for you lately, take a look at DeepDive. DeepDive is a free version of IBM's Watson developed in the same Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), but now available free and open-source...

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DARPA Plans Deep Brain Dive To Understand PTSD, TBI

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | November 4, 2013

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched a program that aims to use shared, multi-disciplinary brain research data and analysis tools to -- among other things -- develop quantitative characterizations of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Read More »

DARPA Virtual Eye Lets Emergency Responders ‘See’ What They Can’t See

Tony Kontzer | NVIDIA | June 23, 2016

The best thing to give first responders before they enter a smoky room or the site of a chemical spill, or to soldiers before they enter a hostile bunker, is a picture of what’s inside. Exploring an unsecured space in 3D from a safe distance could be a matter of life or death. A team at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is helping to make that possible by funding efforts to combine powerful 3D imaging software, GPUs and pretty much any camera to generate a VR view of a potentially dangerous environment...

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Ekso GT Robotic 'Exoskeleton' System enters the Marketplace

Last week, Ekso Bionics announced the first delivery of Ekso GT, their latest robotic exoskeleton which enables individuals with lower extremity paralysis or weakness to stand and walk. The first Ekso GT was delivered to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. News about exoskeletons and the development of other human augmentation technologies continues to proliferate. Witness another recent story in the New York Post entitled "Paralyzed Veterans competing in race in exoskeleton suit". Many exoskeleton systems are making use of 'open source' technologies.

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How To Do Software Like Nasa, By Nasa

Robert McMillan | Wired.com | April 4, 2014

Forty years after Apollo 11 landed on the moon, Nasa open sourced the software code that ran the guidance systems on the lunar module.  By that time, the code was little more than a novelty. But in recent years, the space agency has built all sorts of other software that is still on the cutting edge.

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Human Augmentation, Exoskeleton Technology & 'Open' Health

Human augmentation is generally used to refer to technologies that enhance human productivity or capability. It spans a wide gamut of technologies, ranging from implants, prosthetic limbs, enhanced sensory devices, powered exoskeletons, and more. Military organizations are now experimenting with a wide range of 1st generation human augmentation technologies, including exoskeletons that allow personnel to carry increased loads and perform at a higher level. These devices also have the potential to be adapted for use in healthcare and many other industries. Read More »

Kitware Releases Its Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) Tracking System, Immediately Available Through Forge.mil

Press Release | Kitware | June 10, 2014

Kitware, Inc., a leader in developing advanced computer vision technologies, announces the immediate availability of its state-­of­-the­-art Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) tracking system on Forge.mil, as part of the Kitware Image & Video Exploitation and Retrieval Toolkit (KWIVER). Full source code is available with unlimited rights, under the conditions of the DoD Community Source Usage Agreement, to anyone who can access Forge.mil...

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MIT and DARPA Pack Lidar Sensor Onto Single Chip

Christopher V. Poulton and Michael R. Watts | IEEE Spectrum | August 4, 2016

Light detection and ranging, or lidar, is a sensing technology based on laser light. It’s similar to radar, but can have a higher resolution, since the wavelength of light is about 100,000 times smaller than radio wavelengths. For robots, this is very important: Since radar cannot accurately image small features, a robot equipped with only a radar module would have a hard time grasping a complex object. At the moment, primary applications of lidar are autonomous vehicles and robotics, but also include terrain and ocean mapping and UAVs...

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Mobius Bionics to Bring DEKA’s LUKE Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm to Market - Developed in Collaboration with DARPA and the VA

Press Release | Mobius Bionics LLC, Universal Instruments Corporation | July 12, 2016

Mobius Bionics LLC is pleased to announce the commercial introduction of the LUKE arm. The LUKE arm is the first prosthetic arm cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the new product category for integrated prosthetic arms. Developed by DEKA Research & Development Corp. (DEKA), the LUKE arm incorporates the latest technology in electronics, motors, batteries, and materials. The arm offers state-of-the-art flexibility, strength, and dexterity to provide greater independence for people with forearm through shoulder-level amputations.

Researchers Write Languages To Design Synthetic Living Systems Useful For New Products, Health Care

Emily Kale | Virginia Tech (VT) | March 13, 2014

Researchers at Virginia Tech and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have used a computer-aided design tool to create genetic languages to guide the design of biological systems.

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SUBNETS Aims For Systems-Based Neurotechnology And Understanding For The Treatment of Neuropsychological Illnesses

Press Release | Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) | October 25, 2013

DARPA seeks to develop new technology to enable near real-time measurement and analysis across brain systems to drive precise neural stimulation therapies Read More »

US Government Accelerating Development And Release Of Open Source

Mark Bohannon | OpenSource.com | April 24, 2014

I had a chance to catch up with David A. Wheeler, a long-time leader in advising and working with the US government on issues related to open source software...In this interview, we explore the current state of use of open source software by the US government, the challenges of the Federal acquisition system, and what he's excited about as he looks ahead for open source and government....

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