A Japanese robotics team dominated the field after an ambitious two-day competition that saw robots driving cars, climbing ladders and wielding power tools.
A two-legged robot built by engineers at SCHAFT Inc., a Japanese robotics firm, won the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials(Dec. 21), scoring the most points across tasks that tested the robots’ mobility, dexterity, perception and autonomous operations. Florida-based IHMC Robotics’ humanoid robot claimed second place in the competition, with Carnegie Mellon University’s Team Tartan Rescue rounding out the top three.
The DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials were held last Friday and Saturday (Dec. 20-21) at the Homestead Miami Speedway. Seventeen teams qualified to compete, but travel issues prevented one team from China from making it to Florida in time for the competition.