DRC-HUBO gets ready for the DRC
A team led by Drexel University in Philadelphia is competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge with its seven Hubo humanoid robots. Built by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the Hubo robots are among the most sophisticated humanoid robots in the world. The DRC-HUBO team certainly seems confident about their ability to handle the DARPA tasks, and have gone so far as to release a video mock-up of how they envision Hubo saving the day by 2020.
The DRC-HUBO team page has a number of other great videos of Hubo (and some earlier prototypes) in action. This one, showing dynamic stability, should be of particular interest to hobbyists working on Robo-One style robots. With gyros and accelerometers now commodity items, there’s no reason even a small robot shouldn’t be able to dynamically balance when something (like its competitor in the ring) knocks into it, just as Huno demonstrates on a larger scale.