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  • DRC Trials 2013 Countdown: Anatomy of a Disaster-Response Robot

    December 19, 2013

    DRC Trials 2013 Countdown: Anatomy of a Disaster-Response Robot  

    Team designs vary but incorporate similar technologies that could make robots practical and robust aides in future emergencies 

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    The Atlas robot pictured above is an example of one of many innovative prototypes of disaster-response robots scheduled to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials that are taking place December 20-21 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla.

    While a number of the teams’ robot designs embody different approaches, the designs also incorporate many of the same advanced technologies. Technologies include those that help the robots perceive, move through and perform tasks in simulated disaster environments, all with a human operator in the loop. The technologies also enable the robots’ operators to see what the robots see and direct the robots in real time. Through the DRC, DARPA aims to advance robots’ capabilities to help human responders in future emergencies. 

    The DRC Trials are free and open to the public. In addition to the competition, the onsite DRC Exposition will showcase technology related to disaster response, robotics and autonomy. It will include, among others, demonstrations of DARPA’s “Wild Cat” (an untethered, all-terrain version of the “Cheetah” robot) and Legged Squad Support System (LS3). More information is available at www.theroboticschallenge.org.

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    DRC Trials 2013 Countdown: Anatomy of a Disaster-Response Robot 

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    The robotics field currently produces task-specific robots that carry out preprogrammed functions very precisely in controlled environments (red image) or operate remotely via step-by-step instructions (yellow image). The DARPA Robotics Challenge aims to develop robots (green image) that can operate in environments designed for humans, use human tools—from screwdrivers to cars—they find in those environments, and perform useful tasks under the control of non-robotics experts with only minimal training. Achieving these goals would pave the way toward future robots that could assist human-led response to future emergencies. 

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    The robotics field currently produces task-specific robots that carry out preprogrammed functions very precisely in controlled environments (red image) or operate remotely via step-by-step instructions (yellow image). The DARPA Robotics Challenge aims to develop robots (green image) that can operate in environments designed for humans, use human tools—from screwdrivers to cars—they find in those environments, and perform useful tasks under the control of non-robotics experts with only minimal training. Achieving these goals would pave the way toward future robots that could assist human-led response to future emergencies.

     

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