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October 7, 2010 / Martijn

Exoskeletons, Robo Rats and Synthetic Skin

Eyes that are alert and steady. Skin that’s sensitive to the touch. Arms that bend and grasp. To an unknowing observer, troops in the next-generation military might look much like today’s. But those eyes are veiled by self-assembling contact lenses that transmit text messages and take blood pressure readings. That skin is made up of nanowires laid onto flexible rubber. And the arm underneath? A prosthetic — controlled by brain implant. The Pentagon wants troops to be faster, stronger and more resilient. And with help from robotics, nanotechnology and neuroscience, the military’s cyborg army — from human troops to rat-bot recruits — is getting prepped for battle.

via Exoskeletons, Robo Rats and Synthetic Skin: The Pentagon’s Cyborg Army | Danger Room | Wired.com.

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