A team from Kaist University in Daejeon South Korea took home the top prize over the weekend at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals in California.
The team from Kais and their robot DRC-Hubo, took the grand prize of $2 million dollars by outperforming 22 competing robots in a series of eight tasks designed to test the robots ability to assist its human counterparts in a natural disaster response –including tripping circuit breakers, walking through rubble and climbing a flight of stairs.
Second place in to IHMC Robotics of Pensacola, Florida and their Running Man robot, followed by the CHIMP robot of Tartan Rescue from Pittsburg. Each team won $1 million and $500,000 respectively.
The competition by DARPA, which is the military research arm of the US Defense Department, was launched after Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011. The hope is to accelerate development in robotics that can assist in disaster-stricken areas that are too dangerous for humans.
“This is the end of the DARPA Robotics Challenge,” DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar said, “but only the beginning of a future in which robots can work alongside people to reduce the toll of disasters.”
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