This past Saturday the team from South Korea which designed, built and programmed their humanoid robot DRC-HUBO took home the $2 million dollar first-place prize as part of the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge. The focus of this year's challenge was to create a robot which could complete a variety of tasks primarily related to disaster response. The designs are almost entirely humanoid, which makes sense when looking at the various challenges they need to complete. The technology which comes out of the competition has the potential to rapidly develop the field of robotics.
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The competition shows off the cutting-edge of autonomous humanoid robot development and entries were from top robotics universities, research labs, government organizations and companies. Take a look at the 2015 finals:
Here are the results for the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge. The score represents how many tasks (total of 8 listed above) which the robot was able to complete, and the overall time. Therefore the more tasks a robot could complete the better, and robots which could complete all 8 tasks were ranked according to their overall time.
|Score: 8 Time: 55:15||Score: 0 Time: 00:00||Score: 5 Time: 52:30||Score: 6 Time: 57:41||Score: 0 Time: 00:00|
|Score: 1 Time: 02:44||Score: 0 Time: 00:00||Score: 3 Time: 30:06||Score: 8 Time: 50:26||Score: N/A Time: N/A|
|Score: 8 Time: 44:28||Score: 7 Time: 50:25||Score: N/A Time: N/A||Score: 4 Time: 58:39||Score: 7 Time: 34:00|
|Score: 7 Time: 47:59||Score: 3 Time: 30:23||Score: 4 Time: 59:33||Score: 3 Time: 27:47||Score: 5 Time: 49:00|
|Score: 2 Time: 42:32||Score: 0 Time: 00:00||Score: 3 Time: 48:49||Score: 2 Time: 36:35||Score: 7 Time: 56:06|
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Congratulations goes out to all teams and special thanks to DARPA for organizing such an amazing competition. More information about each team, as well as the rules and results of the competition can be found on the official DARPA Robotics Challenge website.