Google’s Schaft robot wins DARPA’s robotics competition


Google-owned Schaft Inc. won DARPA’s robotics competition on December 20, 2013.  Although the bipedal Schaft robot hardly impresses visually, it climbed, scaled, maneuvered, and drove its way to victory, beating sixteen other entries from among hundreds of other applicants. Held in Florida’s Homestead Miami Speedway, DARPA’s robotics challenge was launched last year in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster when the need for rescue workers capable of enduring extreme conditions was sorely needed.  The DARPA robotics challenge is also aimed at establishing a baseline for robotics development focused on building machines that can handle a variety of tasks independently: using tools, opening doors, climbing ladders, and driving emergency vehicles.




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