I am a big fan of DARPA. Why? because of DRC? euhh what? What does all that mean?

Ok, DARPA is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

The DRC stands for DARPA ROBOTICS CHALLENGE  and is a competition of robot systems and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters. Participating teams, representing some of the most advanced robotics research and development organizations in the world, are collaborating and innovating on a very short timeline to develop the hardware, software, sensors, and human-machine control interfaces that will enable their robots to complete a series of challenge tasks selected by DARPA for their relevance to disaster response. 

The DRC Finals will take place June 5-6, 2015, at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. The event is open to the public, and free to attend. 

In addition to the robot testing, there will be an exposition area featuring approximately 70 interactive displays where students and future scientists can meet technology developers and emergency responders, and try their hand at controlling robots and other gadgets.

Find more about the Robotics Challenge here: http://www.darpa.mil/news-events/drc-finals

We published a post about Hubo, from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, winner of this year DRC competition !

Find out more here: http://bit.ly/1My8Rjl

Discover all teams here: http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/bitsonbots 

So I wondered how does this type of robot, what we call ” Disaster Response Robot” work. I didn’t have to search for long until DARPA answered all my questions. Fascinating, a few facts and interesting mentions to know about DARPA, and how these robots function.

About the Challenge

DRCProgramStructure RoboticsChallengeMap7Tasks2015

What goes into a disaster response robot? 

Anatomy of a Robot_051315 RobotComparison

Enjoy !

Source: DARPA