South Korean team wins Robotics challenge

A model displayed in the competition

A model displayed in the competition

A South Korean robotics team has won the Darpa Robotics Challenge.The contest is a battle of robots on an obstacle course meant to simulate conditions similar to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. Team Kaist’s DRC-Hubo humanoid robot defeated 22 others to win the top $2m prize from the US Department of Defense’s Darpa research unit.

The robots had an hour to complete a series of tasks, such as a driving a car and walking up steps.The challenge involved a series of tasks for the robots to complete, somewhat autonomously, with intermittent connectivity with their operators to simulate real disaster conditions. The challenge was the first where robots performed without being tethered and there were plenty of hard falls, soliciting groans and laughter from the crowds at the contest in Pomona, California.

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