DARPA 2015 Robotics Challenge
In June 2015 the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense) held the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) in California. There are two links that will lead the reader to much more information and a number of videos.
The following link gives a background to the competition. The challenge stems from the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan in 2011. The goal is to develop an untethered robot that could be used in conditions that are unsafe for humans. There were 8 tasks required of the "contestants" that might be needed in disaster situations.
- Home Page: http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/
- News Article on Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/08/the-machines-that-rose-to-darpas-robotics-challenge/
Here's a video of the competition. I was always impressed by lab automation, but what these robots can do is phenomenal. When will we see these wandering around labs doing our assays?