A billion-year annual budget, as well as some of the best minds in the world in the state – those DARPA resources that all research laboratories on the planet are dreaming of. We present to you the seven of the most incredible and breathtaking research projects of this American organization.
Modern military development mainly involves the creation of robots , drones and other equipment with the prospect of using them in place of people. But it is simply impossible to completely replace a person in many issues. Nevertheless, it is quite possible to “pump out” people with the help of technology and help them become more hardy, stronger, recover faster.
A soft exoskeleton from DARPA was developed in collaboration with researchers from Harvard. It is durable and very light, while it can increase the endurance of the person who wears it. Also in the exoskeleton there are built-in sensors and computer control with the ability to personalize the user.
Implantable biosensor health sensors
The human body itself is an indicator of the processes occurring in it and sends signals to the brain if something goes wrong. But the scientists DARPA went further. Together with the US Army Research Center, they developed the biosensory health tracker Profusa .
The bottom line is that under the skin small sensors are implanted, which must collect special biomarkers, measuring the level of glucose, lactate and urea. Work without replacement in the body of such sensors will be 42 years old, sending information to the owner on an electronic device (computer, smartphone, tablet). A civilian version of the development will help people fight chronic diseases like diabetes.
Bullet with homing
The bullet, released from the sniper rifle, will be able to change the direction of its movement. It looks like a fiction from a fantastic film, is not it? But this is a very real project, which scientists from DARPA are engaged in. He promises to solve the problem of inaccuracy in the shot, due to weather conditions, wind force and other nuances.
The project is called EXACTO , and its essence is that a homing system is built into the bullet. Unfortunately, specific data on how this is implemented, encrypted and available only to the developers themselves.
Dron, tracking down the submarine
With the word “drone”, most people represent a small device, which, for example, Amazon uses for delivery. But DARPA is of the opinion that drones can be completely different. They developed an unmanned ship weighing 140 tons to track enemy submarines. It can also be used as a mine detector in open waters.
The ship carries the proud name of Trail Unmanned Vessel and is capable of working without a human being for up to 90 days. He successfully passed the tests, but is still in the final stages of development.
Researchers from DARPA are not afraid of huge projects in the literal sense. One of their latest development ideas is an airship capable of carrying loads of 500-1,000 tons per 12,000 nautical miles in less than a week. This vehicle has incredible potential in terms of transporting a large number of troops, along with all the outfits and equipment.
However, it is not clear yet, whether this project under the name Walrus can really be realized.
Spyware has taught us that eavesdropping devices can be very small and penetrate anywhere. But are we ready for the fact that soon the robotic insect-spies will appear in the real world? Theoretically, they are able to bypass any control and slip into any territory.
Within the framework of the HI-MEMS program, scientists investigated various insects, including beetles and moths. They used implants to stimulate the brain of living insects and to correct the direction of their movement. If we take a peaceful direction of development, then these roboisintoids can be useful in the study of areas where it is impossible to send a technician or a person.
Neural Engineering System NESD
Ilona Mask uniquely interested in creating a high-speed interface for a brain computer, but resources for such developments are except that of DARPA. As part of its Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program, the organization plans to develop an “implantable system that can provide an accurate link between the brain and the digital world.” To do this, its employees work together with other research centers.
The essence of the idea is to find ways to convert the chemical and electrical signals of the brain into machine-readable data and vice versa. As a result, it should be possible to set up a neural connection that will allow the human brain to “touch” video streams or, on the other hand, enable computers to see accurately “with our eyes”.
DARPA is a division of the US Department of Defense, which is responsible for developing new military technologies. The agency is working on everything that can be imagined: from implants implanted in the brain to robokostyumov, like Iron Man. The submitted seven projects are only those about which DARPA declares publicly. Can you imagine how they look that they are silent in the organization?