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Yesterday marked Day 1 of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, in which elite robots from around the world faced off to compete for $3.5 million in prizes. We saw some of humanity’s finest bots drive vehicles, remove rubble, cut through walls and climb up stairs.
We also saw a lot of robots fall over. IEEE Spectrum captured the magic.
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.
The other tasks the robots were set included getting out of a car, opening a door, drilling a hole in a wall, turning a valve and crossing rubble either by clearing a path or walking over it.
Team Kaist was the fastest, completing all the tasks in 44 minutes and 28 seconds.