• DARPA Robotics Challenge: meet the eight finalists

    • Team SCHAFT's S-One Image credit: DOD
    • Team IHMC competes in the wall task. Image credit: DARPA
    • Team MIT Image credit: DARPA
    • Team Robosimian Image credit: DARPA
    • Team Tartan Rescue CHIMP Image credit: DARPA
    • Team TRACLabs Image credit: DARPA
    • Team TROOPER Image credit: DARPA
    • Team WRECS Image credit: DARPA
    Date:29 April 2014 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

    In December 2013, 16 teams from universities, companies and Nasa gathered at Florida’s Homestead Miami Speedway to compete in the most demanding robotic competition ever staged – DARPA’s Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials.

    Each of the team’s robots had to complete a series of challenge tasks selected by DARPA for their relevance to disaster response.

    DARPA awarded $1 million (about R11 million) to each of the top eight finishers, which will appear in the finals, to be held later in 2014 or early 2015.

    Meet the teams and their robots that qualified for DARPA funding in the Robotics Challenge Trials:

    1st place | Team Schaft
    Score: 27 points out of a possible 32

    Robot: S-One

    Bipedal robot based on the existing Schaft HRP-2 robot.

    Developed by: Schaft, Inc

    Region: Tokyo, Japan

     

    2nd place | Team IHMC Robotics
    Score: 20 points out of a possible 32

    Robot: Atlas-Ian

    Bipedal robot; 28 hydraulically actuated joints; modular wrists accept 3rd-party hands; based on Petman robot.

    Developed by: IHMC Robotics

    Region: Pensacola, Florida

     

    3rd place | Team Tartan Rescue
    Score: 18 points out of a possible 32

    Robot: CHIMP

    Quadrapedal but can stand bipedally; tank treads on feet and forearms to maximise stability over uneven terrain.

    Developed by: Carnegie Mellon University National Robotics Engineering Centre

    Region: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

     

    4th place | Team MIT
    Score: 16 points out of a possible 32

    Robot: Atlas-Helios

    Bipedal. 28 hydraulically actuated joints; modular wrists accept 3rd-party hands; based on Petman robot.

    Developed by: MIT

    Region: Cambridge, Massachusetts

     

    5th place | Team Robosimian
    Score: 14 points out of a possible 32

    Robot: Robosimian

    Quadrapedal but can stand bipedally; four general-purpose limbs and hands capable of both mobility and manipulation.

    Developed by: Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

    Region: Pasadena, California

     

    6th place | Team TRACLabs
    Score: 11 points out of a possible 32

    Robot: Atlas-Hercules

    Bipedal; 28 hydraulically actuated joints; modular wrists accept 3rd-party hands; based on Petman robot.

    Developed by: TRACLabs, Inc

    Region: Webster, Texas

     

    7th place | Team WPI Robotics Engineering C Squad (WRECS)
    Score: 11 points out of a possible 32

    Robot: Atlas-Warner

    Bipedal; 28 hydraulically actuated joints; modular wrists accept 3rd-party hands; based on Petman robot.

    Developed by: WPI

    Region: Worcester, Massachusetts

     

    8th place | Team Trooper
    Score: 9 points out of a possible 32

    Robot: Atlas-Rocky

    Bipedal; 28 hydraulically actuated joints; modular wrists accept 3rd-party hands; based on Petman robot.

    Developed by: Lockheed Martin

    Region: Cherry Hill, New Jersey

     

    The DRC Finals will require robots to attempt a circuit of consecutive physical tasks, with degraded communications between the robots and their operators; the winning team will receive a $2 million (about R22 million) prize.

    Technologies resulting from the DRC will transform the field of robotics and catapult forward development of robots featuring task-level autonomy that can operate in the hazardous, degraded conditions common in disaster zones.

     

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