DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials Day 1

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Today was the first of two days of trials at the DARPA Robotics challenge at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida. Created after the Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, The robotics challenge is designed to advance the state of the art of robotics. The trials range from driving a car to clearing a debris field, to cutting through a wall. Robots score points based on their performance in the trials. Much of the day was spent waiting for teams to prepare their robots. There were some exciting moments however, with one challenger falling through a stacked cinder block wall.

Pictured above is Valkyrie from NASA JPL JSC. We reported on Valkyrie earlier this month. Arguably one of the better looking robots of the bunch, Valkyrie proved to be all show and no go today, failing to score any points in its day 1 trials. The day one lead went to Team Schaft, a new robot from Tokyo based startup company Schaft inc. Schaft scored 18 points in its first day. In second place is the MIT team  with 12 points. Third place is currently held by Team TRACLabs with 9 points. All this can change tomorrow as the second day of trials take place. The live stream will be available from 8am to 7pm EST on DARPA’s robotics challenge page.

16 thoughts on “DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials Day 1

    1. Robots will wear small brooms on cords around their necks as it symbolizes the original torture device that the first of their kind was subjected to.

  1. Uhhh…NASA JPL or NASA JSC? It looks very much like NASA JSC in the image, and in the previous post.

    Disclaimer: Johnson Space Center is where I work as a contractor, though not on this project.

  2. Haha, oh man! I’m almost certain the name is a reference to SCHAFT Enterprises, a manufacturer of robots and recurring antagonist in the manga and anime series “Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor”

    Look out, mundanes! The otaku are building a robot army!

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