Expectations for the robots will be much higher this time.
“Six months ago at the DRC Trials, we began physically testing human-supervised robots against disaster-relevant tasks. Their impressive performance gave us the confidence to raise the bar.” – Dr. Gill Pratt, Darpa Robotics Challenge program manager.
Research may be faster than applications, but we’ll see functional, disaster-assistance robots soon.
Even if the entrants in the past DARPA Robotics Challenge had fewer restriction than the next competitors, the fact that these robots exist even as prototypes is outstanding.
The Tartan Rescue CHIMP is a dexterous, compact robot that can do impressive fine-motor tasks.
JPL’s Simian is a wild recreation of the primate in robotic form.
Just take a look at THOR and think about where the future of robotics is going.
Within a few decades, even less, we’ll see robots that can maneuver through danger to help humans when disasters become unmanageable.
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