DARPA robot navigates obstacles in creepy human-like manner

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DARPA Robot Obstacle Course

It’s one thing that it’s shaped like a human with a torso, two arms, and two legs. It’s another thing that the way it climbs, jumps, and circumvents holes is strikingly similar to a clumsy human.

This “Pet-Proto” is a predecessor to DARPA’s Atlas robot. By using a combination of decision-making and enhanced human suggestion, the robot is designed to face obstacles similar to what it will face in the DARPA Robotic Challenge. The goal – to create a robot that can be used in extreme conditions when humans would be put in too much danger such as search and rescue in hostile environments.

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