28 Jun '14, 12am

DARPA Robotics Challenge Ups Ante

PORTLAND, Ore. — In the time-honored tradition of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, DARPA is upping the difficulty of its $2 million purse Robotics Challenge, extending the finals for six months (to June 15 through June 16, 2015 in the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.) in order to give the 24 teams time to adapt to the new tougher rules. "The trials were much more successful than we had expected," said Gill Pratt, DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) program director in a conference call. Consequently, DARPA plans to significantly "raise the bar" by increasing the difficulty of the tasks and further degrading the harshness of the environment. Six teams are using the Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics, which was loaned to them by DARPA. First of all, no tethers will be allowed for power or communications, forcing the teams to build batteries or other fuel sources into their 3...

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