31 Dec '13, 7pm

DARPA’s Rescue-Robot Showdown

DARPA’s Rescue-Robot Showdown

“Where are the robots?” That was what many people were asking when events at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant spiraled out of control in March 2011 . With deadly levels of radiation collecting inside the damaged reactors, attempting to repair them became too dangerous for an emergency crew. Could Japan, a country known for its automated factories and advanced humanoids, use robots to take the place of human workers and stop the disaster in its tracks? The answer, alas, was no: Robots are generally still too limited in what they can do. They may be great for carrying out repetitive tasks in clutter-free environments, but entering a rubble-strewn building, climbing ladders, using fire hoses—these operations are beyond today’s best robots. Photos, from top: National Robotics Engineering Center/Carnegie Mellon University; DARPA Robot Rescuers: CHIMP [top] and Atlas are tw...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/robotics/humanoids/darpas-rescue...

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