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DRC-Hubo wins DARPA Robotics Challenge

By T.K. Randall
June 8, 2015 · Comment icon 5 comments

Team KAIST preparing their Hubo robot for the competition. Image Credit: YouTube / HuboLab KAIST
A robot from South Korea has scooped the $2 million prize for an impressive win across eight tasks.
The event saw a dozen teams from Japan, Germany, South Korea, Italy, Hong Kong and the US compete in California to determine which of their robots was the best at performing a series of different tasks which this year were themed around helping out at the site of a major disaster.

The tasks included opening a door, walking across rubble, climbing up steps and even driving a car over a short distance. Unlike previous years the robots had to do everything while untethered which resulted in a number of humorous mishaps with entrants toppling over in spectacular style.
Thousands of people turned up to watch as South Korean team KAIST managed to complete all eight tasks in a record time of 44 minutes 28 seconds with their robot DRC-Hubo.

The only other robot to complete all the tasks was Tartan Rescue which took just over 55 minutes.



Source: Wired | Comments (5)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by DieChecker 9 years ago
Cool! I didn't think anyone was going to beat that one hour limit. This really shows progress in humanoid/android robots. It will not be long now till the robot butlers, robot chauffeur, and robot cooks are wondering around your house. Robot soldiers and police and firefighters can't be far away either.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Ugly1 9 years ago
awesome!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Foil Hat Ninja 9 years ago
Great, I won't be able to cry my way out of a ticket anymore.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Dark_Grey 9 years ago
Great, I won't be able to cry my way out of a ticket anymore. When we're all sitting in self-driving cars, you won't be getting tickets period.
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer 9 years ago
Cool! I didn't think anyone was going to beat that one hour limit. This really shows progress in humanoid/android robots. It will not be long now till the robot butlers, robot chauffeur, and robot cooks are wondering around your house. Robot soldiers and police and firefighters can't be far away either. Yeah, let's put more people out of work and on welfare. The idea of robots doing "menial" jobs has always been the "brass ring" for humanity so we can do other more meaningful things. However this brass ring put more strain on the economy with higher unemployment rates as there won't be jobs av... [More]


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