Google-powered machines lead DARPA’s Robotics Problem (video)
And also you thought the Massive Canine was scary? Okay, Boston Dynamics’ quadrupedal, un-tip-overable ‘bot nonetheless takes the cake, however SCHAFT (pictured above) deserves its personal apartment within the uncanny valley. And to assume, they will each be consuming collectively at a cafeteria in Mountain View quickly. That ‘bot gained DARPA’s rescue-oriented competitors this weekend by efficiently navigating tough terrain and clearing particles. Two different groups, IHMC Robotics and MIT, earned respective second and fourth locations with variants on Boston Dynamics’ Atlas machine. Different prime-rating entries included third-place Tartan Rescue in addition to RoboSimian, Traclabs, WRECS and Trooper. The excessive scores are helpful for extra than simply bragging rights. These prime eight groups will obtain DARPA funding as they transfer on to the Robotics Problem finals in late 2014; they will have an enormous (metallic) leg up versus rivals that should pay to play. Congratulations to all, however for those who do not thoughts, we’ll be preserving our distance from Google headquarters till we all know precisely what Andy Rubin plans to do together with his new military of metallic males and beasts.