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December 22, 2013

DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials Complete

This weekend saw the 2013 Trials of the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Sixteen robots gathered at the Homestead Miami Speedway in Florida to compete at eight different tasks, ranging from navigating rubble, to manipulating hoses and valves, to navigating various kinds of doors. The dominant robot turned out to be the entry from SCHAFT Inc., a […]

April 1, 2013

Getting a Grip on DARPA’s ARM Program

A new video has been posted on DARPA’s YouTube channel, showing a two-armed robot changing a tire.

March 14, 2013

CHIMP Swings Into the DARPA Challenge

The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University has announced its plans for the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC).  The CHIMP (CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform) robot is roughly human-shaped, but with some innovative twists.

October 29, 2012

DARPA humanoids handle obstacles

DARPA has posted a couple of new videos showing two predecessors of its Atlas robot — the basis for the reference platform provided in the DARPA Robotics Challenge — overcoming stairs, pits, and other obstacles.

October 25, 2012

DARPA Robot Challenge Begins

The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) officially kicked off this week, and what can I say — this is huge. This is a competition funded by DARPA (the same guys who brought us autonomous cars, the Internet, and many other innovations) to develop full-sized autonomous humanoid robots.  As they put it: The primary goal of the […]

December 15, 2013

Google Bets Big on Robotics

Google has just acquired its eight robotics company in the last half-year, this time buying Boston Dynamics, the maker of famous walking robots like Big Dog, Cheetah, and most recently Atlas, which will be used by half the teams in the DARPA Robotics Challenge.  We’ve long known that when the robot revolution comes, a Boston […]

July 14, 2013

ATLAS Humanoid Revealed

DARPA recently announced the seven “Track B” finalists in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC).  These teams competed against others in the field to make best use of a virtual robot using the open-source DRC Simulator.  This week, the winning teams were presented with the real thing: a 2-meter tall, 150 kg humanoid robot known as […]

November 1, 2012

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 […]