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NASA unveils Valkyrie robot for DARPA Robotics Challenge

NASA unveils Valkyrie robot for DARPA Robotics Challenge

DARPA has been hosting a Robotics Challenge since last year that challenged some participants to create robots that can be used in the real world. The official name for the Valkyrie robot given to it by NASA is R5. The bot stands 1.9 meters tall and weighs in at 125 kilograms. The robot has 44 degrees of freedom and is powered by batteries.

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DARPA Robotics Challenge scores four additional teams

DARPA Robotics Challenge scores four additional teams

DARPA, which caught widespread attention when its Cheetah-based Wild Cat robot went viral, has announced that a total of seventeen teams have qualified for the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials. With this latest statement, four additional teams have built complete robotic systems, joining thirteen existing teams later this month to have their robots tested at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Boston Dynamics WildCat quadruped robot gallops forth at 16MPH

Boston Dynamics WildCat quadruped robot gallops forth at 16MPH

If the folks at Boston Dynamics didn't terrify your most base instincts to flee from the oncoming robot armies of your nightmares yet, they're about to now. This week the Boston Dynamics WildCat has been introduced - a four-legged running robot made not only to walk on all types of terrain, but to run at full speed with bounding and galloping gaits. If you've got a dog in the room, you may want to cover their eyes before playing the demonstration video in this article.

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DARPA Robotics Challenge Atlas Robot unboxed by MIT

DARPA Robotics Challenge Atlas Robot unboxed by MIT

If you thought the unboxing of the DROID Ultra was amazing, you'll need to sit down to watch the unboxing of the Atlas robot provided by DARPA to MIT. This robot is a humanoid piece of machinery made to work on developing next-generation solutions to dangerous situations where a human-sized being is needed, but it'd be much safer to use a robot. This is all part of the DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge initiated earlier this year.

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DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge finalists move forward with life-sized humanoid bot

DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge finalists move forward with life-sized humanoid bot

As the next generation in computing springs forth, so too does the robots world - and with it, replacements for human beings in dangerous situations. What the DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge this year is doing is filtering out challengers from across the globe - first from 100 entrants, then down to 26 entrants, then down to a select few or only one team that'll gain the highest prize.

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Robot hand has strength of a strongman, dexterity of a doctor

Robot hand has strength of a strongman, dexterity of a doctor

Huge amounts of money and time are being spent researching robotics for myriad of potential uses in the future. Robots promise the ability to be able to work in environments that are too hazardous for humans. A robot must have the strength and dexterity to handle difficult situations that would confront human beings. A lot of research is being put into creating robotic components that mimic the human body in functionality if not design.

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DARPA divorces satellites for GPS-free tracking chip

DARPA divorces satellites for GPS-free tracking chip

When we think about GPS satellites, most of us think about how the typical consumer uses GPS in their vehicle to get from one place to another. In fact, many people rely so heavily on GPS that in the event of a map problem, some people have literally driven right off the road because they depend so heavily on GPS. While a significant GPS outage for your average consumer might be an annoyance, an outage for the military could be catastrophic.

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DARPA’s BigDog robot can throw cinder blocks farther than you

DARPA’s BigDog robot can throw cinder blocks farther than you

You may already know about the four-legged robot from DARPA and Boston Dynamics; we've talked about it in the past and how it's supposed to help out military troops by carrying supplies over rough terrain and beyond. Now, the BigDog robot can throw objects, including concrete cinder blocks. However, instead of using one of its four legs, it actually uses an extending arm (which looks to be the robot's head and neck) to throw objects.

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