DARPA Wants Real-Life Avatars For Soldiers
DARPA has funds set aside in its budget for 2012 that will pour $7 million into a plan that sounds much like the James Cameron flick Avatar. DARPA says the goal of the plan is to â€œdevelop interfaces and algorithms to enable a soldier to effectively partner with a semi-autonomous bi-pedal machine and allow it to act as the soldierâ€™s surrogate.â€
DARPA isnâ€™t looking for giant Kevlar skinned blue aliens, but rather brain-controlled robots it seems. DARPA wants those that participate in the program to make â€œkey advancements in telepresence in remote operation of the ground systemâ€ but those key advancements arenâ€™t specified.