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More than 20 robots competed today and yesterday in the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge. Only one of them went home with a $2 million check. That would be Team KAIST of South Korea.
To form the team, members of the Humanoid Robot Research Center at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) came together with Rainbow Co., a company that was spun out of the KAIST research lab. The team’s humanoid robot, or HUBO, can walk around on feet or roll on wheels while kneeling.
While it doesn’t move as naturally as a human does, it does get around more speedily when you compare it with some of the other robots in the challenge. It gives you a sense of what a robot can do in 2015.
After announcing that Team KAIST had won the competition, event organizers played a great video of the team’s robot performing its tasks on both days. The robot did it all in about 103 minutes, but the video shows it happening in fast forward. It flies by in less than three minutes. See for yourself:
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