A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain and help with navigation. This version of Atlas is about 5′ 9″ tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.
Published on Mar 18, 2013 by JrStudiOs
Robots are coming of age. As part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, Lockheed Martin is developing autonomous systems that work together with human operators. This collaborative approach applies across many platforms and domain. Our research will eventually allow humans to be more efficient and effective in challenging environments that are difficult or too dangerous to access today.
Team KAIST from Korea climbs the stairs to victory, finishing the eighth and final task of the DARPA Robotics Challenge with the fastest time.
Heavy weight articulating robot, developed by Boston Dynamics under auspices of DARPA
DARPA is an agency that takes high risks in pursuit of great rewards. This video is a celebration of risk.
Development of the Russian DARPA: humanoid robot FEDOR [footage of the testing of the robot]
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hosts the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals 2015 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. Twenty-five teams from around the world enter their autonomous robot designs to compete for a two million dollar grand prize. The goal for each robot is to accomplish a series of tasks that could aid response efforts during man-made or natural disasters. Video by Staff Sgt. Robert Harnden | Defense Media Activity – Riverside | Date: 06.06.2015
Say hello to the robots that will be competing in the December 2013 DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials at the Homestead-Miami Speedway! Which is your favorite?
Deep in the woods in Maryland, the U.S Army is testing exoskeletons that can lighten the load that soldiers carry. Read more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/video/robotics/military-robots/darpa-tests-batterypowered-exoskeletons-on-real-soldiers
In 2005, DARPA announced the Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) program and its goal to develop agile and flyers system that could fit in one hand. This video chronicles the development of a “hummingbird” flyer by Aerovironment from concept to prototype demonstration and introduction to the public. A number of difficult design and engineering challenges were overcome in the course of the program, particularly in the wing structure, propulsion and control actuators. Numerous complete prototypes were built and tested to assess and improve the performance of the systems shown in the video. The final prototype achieves the noteworthy milestone of 2-wing flapping hovering and fast forward flight with all power sources on the aircraft and all controls implemented through modulation of the wing strokes in a shape that resembles a real hummingbird and carries and on-board camera that relays video to the pilot in real time. For more information, please visit http://www.darpa.mil/Our_Work/DSO/Programs/Nano_Air_Vehicle_(NAV).aspx
Robots perform at DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals in US.
The use of ground robots in military explosive-ordinance-disposal missions already saves many lives and prevents thousands of other casualties. If the current limitations on mobility and manipulation capabilities of robots can be overcome, robots could potentially assist warfighters across a greater range of missions. DARPA’s Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program seeks to create and demonstrate significant scientific and engineering advances in robot mobility and manipulation capabilities.
DARPA showed this video as it was awarding South Korea’s Team KAIST the grand prize of $2 million for winning the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge. The video shows the robot completing tasks in fast motion. Full coverage of the event here: http://venturebeat.com/2015/06/06/koreas-team-kaist-wins-the-2015-darpa-robotics-challenge/
Unveiling of Atlas robot, created by Boston Dynamics for the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Learn more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/video-boston-dynamics-atlas-robot-revealed
Darpa PetMan Military Robot. Also known as Atlas proto. This video covers the life of ‘PetMan’. PetMan is being developed by Boston Dynamics for DARPA.
Harvard University researchers working under DARPA’s Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program recently demonstrated the ability to manufacture low-cost silicone robots with microfluidic channels that allow for air and fluids to be pumped in to control movement, color and temperature.
The DARPA Challenge is a competitive obstacle course that allows robotics teams to win millions in prize money. More than that, the challenge displays the future benefits of general purpose robots that could aide in future disaster relief.
Boston Dynamics is an engineering and robotics design company that is best known for the development of BigDog, a quadruped robot designed for the U.S. military with funding from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and DI-Guy, software for realistic human simulation. Early in the company’s history, it worked with the American Systems Corporation under a contract from the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) to replace naval training videos for aircraft launch operations with interactive 3D computer simulations featuring DI-Guy characters. Marc Raibert is the company’s president and project manager. He spun the company off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. On 13 December 2013, the company was acquired by Google X, where it will be managed by Andy Rubin. Immediately before the acquisition, Boston Dynamics transferred their DI-Guy software product line to VT MÄK, a simulation software vendor based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military.
LS3 Darpa Robot testing at RIMPAC 2014 in Hawaii.
DARPA’s Cheetah robot—already the fastest legged robot in history—just broke its own land speed record of 18 miles per hour (mph). In the process, Cheetah also surpassed another very fast mover: Usain Bolt. According to the International Association of Athletics Federations, Bolt set the world speed record for a human in 2009 when he reached a peak speed of 27.78 mph for a 20-meter split during the 100-meter sprint. Cheetah was recently clocked at 28.3 mph for a 20-meter split. The Cheetah had a slight advantage over Bolt as it ran on a treadmill, the equivalent of a 28.3 mph tail wind, but most of the power Cheetah used was to swing its legs fast enough, not to propel itself forward.
In this video, the Pet-Proto, a predecessor to DARPA’s Atlas robot, is confronted with obstacles similar to those robots might face in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). To maneuver over and around the obstacles, the robot exercises capabilities including autonomous decision-making, dismounted mobility and dexterity. The DARPA Robotics Challenge will test these and other capabilities in a series of tasks that will simulate conditions in a dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environment. Teams participating in Tracks B and C of the DRC will compete for access to a modified version of the Atlas robot for use in the 2013 and 2014 live disaster-response challenge events. For more information on the DRC, please see: http://go.usa.gov/VfA.
Lots of robots fell over at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals. Learn more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/darpa-robotics-challenge-robots-falling
Edited by Erico Guizzo/IEEE Spectrum. Footage courtesy of DARPA.
Meet Valkyrie, NASA JSC’s DARPA Robotics Challenge humanoid robot. Learn more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/military-robots/nasa-jsc-unveils-valkyrie-drc-robot
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Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) using an incremental approach based on range image registration with a variant of the Iterative Closest Point (ICP) algorithm by Besl and McKay. The resulting sparse point map models the 3rd floor of the MIT CSAIL building. The data set was recorded by Cyrill Stachniss (University of Freiburg).
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Some scenes of researchers working at MIT in the early days of computer science and artificial intelligence.
Team MIT, led by Russ Tedrake, competed in the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge finals on June 5-6 in Pomona, CA. Robots had to complete a course of eight tasks in under an hour. Team MIT completed seven of the eight tasks in 50:25.
For more info: http://www.csail.mit.edu/baxter_soft_robotic_gripper
We extract heart rate and beat lengths from videos by measuring subtle head motion caused by the Newtonian reaction to the influx of blood at each beat. Our method tracks features on the head and performs principal component analysis (PCA) to decompose their trajectories into a set of component motions. It then chooses the component that best corresponds to heartbeats based on its temporal frequency spectrum. Finally, we analyze the motion projected to this component and identify peaks of the trajectories, which correspond to heartbeats. When evaluated on 18 subjects, our approach reported heart rates nearly identical to an electrocardiogram device. Additionally we were able to capture clinically relevant information about heart rate variability.