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Slideshow: Competitors Gear Up For DARPA Robot Challenge

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Measurementblues
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WPI is a leader in robotics
Measurementblues   3/22/2013 9:19:53 AM
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I visited Worcester Polytechnic Institute this week and wrote about their first-in-the-nation robotics program. The piece goes live on Monday, March 25 at www.TheConnectingEdge.com.

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Robot Challenge
apresher   3/22/2013 8:46:52 AM
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Chuck,  I agree about the eyes and it raises questions about the design goals for these humanoid robots.  I would think that they serve as a research platform especially for the universities, but I would think that some design details (eyes, torsos) are more about aesthetics. I think the Robosimian is an extremely unique design. Love to see how it moves.

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Re: Robots to the rescue?
Charles Murray   3/21/2013 8:22:17 PM
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It's interesting to note that most of the robots, even those with heads, don't have any kind of "eyes." I wonder if that's an effort to reduce the creepiness (i.e., uncanny valley) factor.

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NadineJ   3/21/2013 5:50:05 PM
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In my search, I found that UK defence technology firm QinetiQ sent surveillence robots in a month after the disaster, according to the BBC.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13114310

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Re: IronMan effect
NadineJ   3/21/2013 5:46:22 PM
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Thanks Elizabeth. That phrase made my eyebrow twitch.

At the end of the day, all robots are bio-mimics.  Humans included.

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Ann R. Thryft   3/21/2013 3:09:24 PM
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Elizabeth, when you say "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.", which specific robot technology are you referring to, and what reports?

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mrdon   3/21/2013 3:03:10 PM
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Elizabeth M, This competition is quite a challenge for Search and Rescue Robot Designers. The bar has definitely been raised based on the design requirements the engineering teams must meet. The slide show is very interesting as well. It's amazing to see different solutions to make a better mice trap. I'll definitely be sharing the slide show with my Electrical Engineering tech students. Great article!

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Elizabeth M   3/21/2013 2:51:25 PM
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Sure thing, apresher. It is fascinating for me to write about this and there is significant development in this area, something that could have a real impact on how disaster recovery is carried out in the human world in the future. Thanks for your interest.

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apresher   3/21/2013 1:47:01 PM
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Elizabeth, Excellent slide show.  It's amazing to see the amount of development that is going into humanoid robot designs.  Will be interesting to see how this materializes in terms of commercial impact in the future.  Thanks.

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bob from maine   3/21/2013 10:28:55 AM
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To continue a series of posts on this site from last year; humans will likely continue to design humanoid robots for many years. The existance of a humanoid, bipedal animal representing the results of millenia of evolution suggests this is likely the best form for optimum versatility. Second, we feel comfortable thinking within the central trunk bipedal opposed thumb paradigm. Makes it easier to model during construction. Like the wheel, the original model works pretty well. Two million doesn't seem like very much money considering what they're asking for though.

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