Big Trends: Robotics and Automation

Despite my UVA roots, THOR from Virginia Tech is an impressive participant in this DARPA challenge.

Improvements and cost reductions in sensors, software and sub-components are driving down the cost of robotics and automation.  As the use of these systems increase, the potential impact is significant.

Tomorrow, Thursday, June 27 is the day the results of the most recent DARPA Robotics challenge will be announced.  Only 26 teams made the cut, including THOR from Virginia Tech (shown at right).

Up to 6 winning teams could receive the ATLAS robot, currently being developed by Boston Dynamics and based off of its Petman Chasis, shown in the video below.  The purpose of the challenge is to see how robots can perform in rescue and recovery scenarios.

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1 Response to Big Trends: Robotics and Automation

  1. Hafidh says:

    Nice innovation ^_^

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