In Pomona, California on Friday and Saturday, some of the greatest robotic engineers gathered together to compete for a Â£2 million prize in a competition run by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to find the most advanced robot in the world. The two-day event pitted 24 teams â Â each with their own robot funded by companies and institutions such as Amazon and NASA â against each other.
âYou are going be the vanguard of this new future that youâre going to go build,â Arati Prabhakar, director of Darpa, said at the prize-giving ceremony. âWe have people here from countries all over the world, and every single one of you made an incredible contribution to the field of robotics.Â As you do that, I know youâre going to think back to 2015, the end of the DRC and the beginning of a huge journey.â
The eventual winner that scooped the $2 million prize money, revealed on Saturday evening, was DRC-Hubo, a humanoid robot developed and built by the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, South Korea. DRC-Hubo was one of three robots to successfully complete the eight-task challenge â the other two being Atlas, a robot developed by Googleâs Boston Dynamics, and Chimp, built by Tartan Rescue â but the South Korean creation was the one deemed to have engaged with the test most effectively.
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