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A humanoid robot Atlas: DARPA showed the future of robotics
The Agency for Defense Advanced Research Projects USA (DARPA) has now formally submitted a humanoid robot, called Atlas. Unfortunately or fortunately, this is not the Terminator, but the development of hints that his exit will take place very soon.
Robot rise 190 centimeters and a weight of 136 pounds was created by Boston Dynamics and intended to participate in the contest DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge with prize money of $ 2 million. According to DARPA, the robot Atlas is “one of the most advanced robots that have been created in recent times.” It is well-versed in the area and has 28 hydraulic joints, multiple sensors and advanced control system. It should be noted that not the first Atlas project Boston Dynamics.
The company Boston Dynamics previously received worldwide recognition for such robots as Petman , and AlphaDog . It is remarkable, but they both were created for DARPA.
Unlike Petman and AlphaDog, which have been designed exclusively for the execution of military missions, Atlas will have to develop a few lucky civilians who will be able to program a new product in their own liking.
As part of the DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge, which was launched in October last year, the team of scientists from various universities around the world would have access to Atlas, to prepare him for the final stage of the competition. Modified and programmed robots will show themselves in rescue operations after a natural or man-made disasters. For example, the elimination of the consequences of the tsunami and the nuclear power plant explosion, as occurred in 2011 in Japan.
Currently, DARPA has taken enrollment of six teams from around the world. Two of them pushed the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the famous school of robotics at Carnegie Mellon. It should be noted that each team will have to modify the design of Atlas in his own way. The other seven teams will have the task to program the robot using its own software.
Teams have had the opportunity to test the software on a computer simulated version of the robot Atlas. Now they have to get real models to work the same way.
The first stage of the physical tests scheduled for December of this year.
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