CLASSIFIED PROJECT [Codename: EquiNOX]
UPDATE 9/28/2012 11:04PM
As basile has correctly deduced, the "encoded transmission" in my previous update does indeed say "The gripper uses granular jamming technology". For those of you unaware what this is, please take a look at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKOI_lVDPpw that DanM posted. Currently I am working on getting the gripper set up with a vacuum pump for better suction, and most likely changing materials from coffee grounds to sand. I may even try salt. I don't like how the coffee "sits". Here's a photo of the "gripper" so far. (Note: I still have to mount it to an arm. That comes later :o). To see how to make one yourself, go here: http://carlitoscontraptions.com/2011/05/diy-universal-jamming-gripper-2-0/.
UPDATE 9/26/2012 12:30PM
I've come across an encoded email message from Project EquiNOX! Let's see if someone can figure it out.
Gur tevccre hfrf tenahyne wnzzvat grpuabybtl
UPDATE 9/26/2012 12:24PM
Congratulations to robotgoldfish for figuring out the object below. It is actually a Spectrometer sensor! Took me forever to get it calibrated just right. Visit spectralworkbench.org for more information.
UPDATE 9/25/2012 11:48PM
I was able to salvage some photos from the encrypted thumb drive that my source got to me before they disappeared. I'm not quite sure what the object below is. It could be some sort of weapon?
!!WARNING WARNING WARNING WARNING!!
THIS IS A TOP SECRET GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT.
LEVEL 6 CLEARANCE OR ABOVE REQUIRED.
CONFIDENTIAL---Classified project document, article 23(a) subsection 5.
To: Dept. of Security
Subj: Project EquiNOX
It has come to the attention of the U.S. Government and her affilations that the ████████████████████ has indeed located a prime source of █████████. Project EquiNOX has been initiated as a counter-measure for ███████████████. The project is estimated to be completed and fully operational by ██/██/████. Secrecy is of the upmost urgency and is critical to the project success. We have a team working around the clock to establish that Project EquiNOX falls within the parameters of its primary mission in ███████████████████████. It will have both ████████████ and ████████████ for rapid deployment and communication.
So far, preliminary tests are positive. Currently, we are working on the █████████████ systems to detect the █████████████ . Further analysis and testing will commence within the next few weeks. I will keep you posted on further updates via encrypted communications.