Apparently inspired by its own promotional materials, the US Army appears determined to turn itself into a video game for real.
Not only did it recently host a demonstration of a machine-gun equipped robot, it's also apparently modelled its new helmet design on Halo.
The new design, discovered by KitUp, is by Revision, a company known mainly for its ballistic eyewear.
The design takes a standard Army helmet and adds a ballistic visor and a mandible with 9mm protection.
A version demonstrated at the US Army's annual conference in Washington DC also included a 'HeadsUp' display, with integrated Android-powered battlefield information projected into the inside of the visor.
The helmet is apparently the result of a four-year research project at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.
Meet Jules, the newest and most realistic humanoid robot yet from David Hanson and the team at Hanson Robotics.
A robot that looks just like its creator (www.newscientist.com).
Engineers at Kagawa University in Japan are developing a talking robotic version of the human mouth: To enable the robot's speaking abilities, engineers at Japan's Kagawa University used an air pump, artificial vocal chords, a resonance tube, a nasal cavity, and a microphone attached to a sound analyzer as substitutes for human vocal organs.
ACTROID-F in AIST Open Lab 2010.
Robot modeled after Albert Einstein. Einstein mimics the facial expressions he detects in others. Smile at him, and he'll smile back.
Cybernetic human dance demo in DCEXPO, 2010.
Humanoid face created by Hanson Robotics (www.hansonrobotics.com). Robotics scientists at Hanson previously created animatronic puppets for Disney studios.
Animatronic baby mechanism for anonymous TV series. Built by Chris Clarke for CNFX Workshop.
Taiwanese Kissing Robots (NTUST Robot) were exhibited in AutoRob2009 in Gwangju, Korea. They were developed by Prof. Chyi-Yeu Lin's research team in National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.
Robot girl with silicone skin.