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Transformers coming to a war near you!

For anyone in the Gen-X or younger age group, this is so cool! Transformers, the cool robots from outer space that could transform into cool weapons and cars, may soon become a (slight) reality.

From DailyTech: DARPA is now hosting a Proposer’s Day Workshop for a new project known as Transformer (TX).

The TX program is intended to ultimately produce a vehicle for use by one to four combatants that can travel over prepared surfaces and light off road surfaces and fly to avoid difficult terrain and ambush. The workshop is set for January 14 and will run from 0700 to 1500 EST.

The workshop is solely for informational and program planning purposes according to DARPA. The goal is to introduce the research community to the TX program vision, goals, and objectives. The workshop doesn’t constitute a formal solicitation of proposals or proposal abstracts reports DARPA. The flight function of the vehicle will require the ability for vertical takeoff and landing. The vehicle must also be capable of range and speed suitable for tactically relevant missions to be performed on a single tank of fuel.

DARPA is looking to develop a vehicle that is robust and capable of being delivered at reasonable cost. It also wants to identify and mature critical technologies for the vehicle and ultimately build a single prototype vehicle for ground and flight testing. The program requirements for vertical flight means that vehicles like the Terrafugia car/plane that require a runway will not meet the program goals.

Anyone in the DC area is welcome to come check out some of the ideas featured at the workshop January 14th, but January 7th is the last day to register.  So sign up soon!



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.