HAPTIX program underway to create prosthetic hand system that moves and feels like a real hand

By: Brian Gerkey Fundamentally, robotics is about helping people. Robots help us manufacture things, help us build things, and help make our lives easier and more convenient. As robotic systems in...
09 September 2016, by

Echoes of the DRC at Humanoids 2015

Last week, the Humanoids 2015 conference was held in Seoul, Korea. It's the first event to focus on humanoid robots since the Darpa Robotics Challenge (DRC) earlier this year and, in fact, the locati...
13 November 2015, by

DARPA takes its Robotics Fast Track program on a West Coast tour, Nov. 17-19

The Open Source Robotics Foundation is joining DARPA and Tandem National Security Innovations on the road to spread the word about DARPA’s Robotics Fast Track Program. We’re proud to support the o...
12 November 2015, by

Former DARPA Program Manager Gill Pratt to direct Toyota’s new $50M robotics investment

In a surprise move today, Toyota held a press conference (see video below) announcing a substantial investment in robotics and AI research to develop "advanced driving support" technology, with forme...
04 September 2015, by

DARPA Robotics Challenge leaves brilliant PR legacy

With this robotics Grand Challenge, DARPA has advanced both the science of robotics and the story. Real robots did useful things, like operate power tools, drive cars and climb stairs far more succe...
09 June 2015, by

Don’t be fooled by robots falling down at DARPA’s Robotics Challenge

This weekend I went to Pomona, CA for the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge, where robots (mostly humanoid) competed at a variety of disaster response and assistance tasks. This contest — a successor ...

Live video and tweets from the #DARPADRC Finals

Livestream video and tweets on the ground in Pomona, California and the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals. [tweetquote]Robohub's Andra Keay @svrobo is onsite at the DRC Finals to keep you post...
05 June 2015, by

DARPA Robotic Challenge Finals begin

The DARPA Robotic Challenge Finals at the Pomona Fairgrounds is a far bigger event than I imagined. Four sets like this one plus a stage, a grandstand full of people and an exposition hall with 80+ ex...
05 June 2015, by

On stage at the DRC: While organizers create a disaster zone, competitors go for comedy

The DRC is all about pushing robotics technology forward. It’s all about creating a community devoted to innovation. And as it comes down to the finale on Friday and Saturday, it will also be about ...
04 June 2015, by

DRC is not just about building robots; it’s about building community

Something remarkable is happening in Building 9 here at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. Imagine a long, giant warehouse-like building divided into 24 bays, within which people from around the world are...
03 June 2015, by and

DARPA’s Robotics Challenge: A pocket-sized guide to the finals

DARPA's latest Challenge reaches its climax on 6 June 2015, when 25 finalists compete for $3.5m of prize money in what’s possibly the most anticipated robotic contest ever. Since its inception in 20...
03 June 2015, by

Move-in day for the DRC Finals

Traveling from dozens of locations around the world, the teams competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge have begun unloading their precious cargo into their respective working bays inside the caverno...
02 June 2015, by

DARPA’s legacy: Open source simulation for robotics development and testing

When the DARPA Robotics Challenge first began to coalesce from an idea to a plan, we knew that we wanted to create a lasting legacy not only for robot hardware capabilities, but also for robotics simu...
27 May 2015, by

Two media critiques about our future with robots

After years of alarmist comments from robo-ethicists, futurists, technologists, business leaders and pundits, including Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking, two journalists bring some reality to...
26 May 2015, by

Robotics Fast Track now accepting applications

We’re excited to announce that OSRF and BIT Systems are seeking innovative and revolutionary robotics projects for the Robotics Fast Track (RFT) effort, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Pr...

Five high school students win Robots4Us Video Contest — and a trip to the DRC Finals

Five short videos prepared by U.S. high school students have been selected as winning entries in DARPA’s “Robots4Us” video contest and will be featured at a June 7 invitational workshop on the f...
19 May 2015, by

The value of open source simulation for robotics development and testing | DRC Blog

"When the DARPA Robotics Challenge first began to coalesce from an idea to a plan, we knew that we wanted to create a lasting legacy not only for robot hardware capabilities, but also for robotics sim...
17 April 2015, by

NASA’s Valkyrie Humanoid Busting Fresh Moves Courtesy of IHMC (VIDEO)

Next to Team SCHAFT's new Google overlords withdrawing them from further competition, the poor showing of NASA's Valkyrie robot might have seemed the DRC Trials's biggest disappointment, but it's nowh...
15 February 2015, by

DARPA’s HAPTIX project hopes to provide prosthetic hands with sense of touch

The Gazebo team has been hard at work setting up a simulation environment for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces (HAPTIX) program. The g...
11 February 2015, by

Recent robotics transactions

New Chinese robotics investment fund; the RIA says 2014 North American robotics set new sales record; marine robotics company gets acquired. These stories and many more … ...
09 February 2015, by

Obama connects robots to jobs in State of the Union address

US President Barack Obama linked robots and jobs in his sixth State of the Union address this Tuesday. The State of the Union Address is usually delivered annually by the President in a joint sessio...
22 January 2015, by

DARPA announces new challenges, teams, and research goals for the DRC’s finale in June 2015

Teams of roboticists from around the globe will convene in Los Angeles for the third and final round of the DARPA Robotics Challenge on June 5th  and 6th, 2015. For this phase, DARPA will be cutting ...
27 June 2014, by

SCHAFT staying in DRC | Automaton

After the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials ended last December and Team SCHAFT emerged victorious, there was a rumor going around that Google, which had acquired SCHAFT just months earlier, wasn'...
27 March 2014, by

Google & DARPA want divorce | The Verge

“Google’s new rock star robotics companies, Boston Dynamics and Schaft, still have obligations to DARPA — meaning Google and DARPA are entangled in a shotgun marriage, forced to shar...
22 March 2014, by

DARPA’s Gill Pratt on Google’s robotics investments

When Google bought Boston Dynamics last December, the news made headlines, but it was not the first time the Internet giant has invested in DARPA-funded robotics. As part of Robohub's Big Deals series...
19 March 2014, by and

Who Is SCHAFT, the Robot Company Bought by Google and Winner of the DRC by IEEE Spectrum

Here's everything we know about this secretive robotics startupSee on
06 February 2014, by

Japanese Team Schaft Gets Highest DRC Score

Recent Google acquisition, Schaft, a spin-off from Tokyo University, attained the highest score in the DARPA Robotics Challenge trials and wins $1 million to work towards the final challenge at the en...
24 December 2013, by

Automaton’s overview of the first day of the DRC trials | IEEE Spectrum

The first day of the DRC Trials offers plenty of action and a few surprisesSee on
21 December 2013, by

DARPA Robotics Challenge

The DRC is a $2 million competition of robot systems and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters. It is sponsored by DARPA (D...
20 December 2013, by

DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials live broadcast

The time has come for the robots competing on the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) to make their first public appearance. The trials for the final 2014 event will take place on December 20-21, 2013 and ...
20 December 2013, by

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