Battle of the bots: see which robot won its makers $2million from DARPA
South Korean team recently bagged $2 million DARPA prize fund
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) ran a competition to encourage roboticists to work on hardware and software that will one day allow robots to work in natural and man-made disasters.
ComputerworldUK picks out some of the best on show.
1. 1. Robots raring to go
The challenge brought 24 teams from Carnegie Mellon University, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, MIT, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and Virginia Tech to name a few. Pictured is Tokyo's HRP 2 team, waiting for the green light to enter the obstacle course.
2. 2. The DARPA challenge
The challenge consists of an obstacle course to test the robot's coordination, dexterity, speed and balance. The robot that successfully finishes the course in the quickest time takes home the $2 million prize to put back into research and development. It involves opening a door, driving a car...
3. 3. Robots in the rubble
...Clambering over rubble...
4. 4. Using tools effectively
Team Aist Nedo's robot trips a circuit breaker with some tools
5. 5. Taking a tumble
Team IHMC, from the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition came in second place and won $1 million, but only after it took a tumble on the rubble crossing obstacle.
6. 6. 'Some of these robots might be able to make a difference'
"Some of these robots, if there was a disaster tomorrow, we might be able to send them and they might be able to make a difference," Pam Melroy, deputy director of DARPA's tactical technology office, during the competition last weekend.
7. 7. Which came first: the driverless car or the robot driven car?
Team Nedo Hydra's robot takes the steering wheel during the competition.
8. 8. Close up of Hydra
Unfortunately for the Tokyo engineers, six foot tall Hydra was not quite ready for racing, so the team took a second version to the race. Here is the original, which may be ready for the next robot competition.
9. 9. Winner takes it all
Team Kaist, which operates the almost six-foot-tall, 176-pound robot, finished the course in just 44 minutes and 28 seconds, six minutes ahead of the runner up, IHMC.