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Slideshow: Competitors Gear Up For DARPA Robot Challenge
3/21/2013

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Atlas, a humanoid robot from Boston Dynamics based on its Atlas robot platform, has seven degrees of freedom in each arm, six degrees of freedom in each leg, and a sensor head with stereo vision and laser radar. It is being designed specifically for meeting the demands of the challenge.(Source: Boston Dynamics)
Atlas, a humanoid robot from Boston Dynamics based on its Atlas robot platform, has seven degrees of freedom in each arm, six degrees of freedom in each leg, and a sensor head with stereo vision and laser radar. It is being designed specifically for meeting the demands of the challenge.
(Source: Boston Dynamics)

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Elizabeth M
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Re: IronMan effect
Elizabeth M   3/21/2013 9:57:32 AM
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To answer your second question first, NadineJ: Yes, that phrase is from the manufacturer. It's not exactly how I would word such a thing.

And you're right in that these robots don't all have to be humanoid to get the job done. Perhaps sometimes that is not the ideal design and hopefully engineers will make the right choice in those cases. Thanks for your comment.

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IronMan effect
NadineJ   3/21/2013 9:54:36 AM
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Robots are often in humanoid form in order to be well received by the general public.  But, do we still need that?  If a non-humanoid form is more efficient, it should be used.  Do we need robots to look like Iron Man in order to be acceptable?  It's good to see at least two that aren't humanoid.

One quick question: is the phrase "act like any 19-year-old first responder" from the manufacturer? 

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Robots to the rescue?
Elizabeth M   3/21/2013 7:13:36 AM
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These are all interesting designs from some of the brightest minds in robotics, and it seems that this type of technology is in demand and innovation is needed. While robots were deployed at Fukushima to help the recovery there, the latest report is that the technology is not working as expected and isn't as advanced at it needs to be yet. This competition should bolster those types of efforts; just depends on how long it will take to make an impact.

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