18 Apr '12, 2am

DARPA Seeks Disaster Response Robots…With Bette Davis Eyes?

DARPA Seeks Disaster Response Robots…With Bette Davis Eyes?

The Department of Defense has just launched a new robot design competition called the Robotics Challenge , setting a $2 million cash prize to sweeten the pot with the aim of developing a humanoid robot for emergency response. The ostensible inspiration has been recent environmental mega-disasters like the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, which call for a new breed of emergency responders who can operate efficiently under conditions that would normally fry, pulp or otherwise mangle a human being beyond recognition – though the application to military situations is obvious, too. Another green job for robots New green technology is trending on a parallel path with advanced robotics, and one result is that green jobs for robots are becoming commonplace. Robotic devices are already performing manufacturing, maintenance and repair tasks in the solar and wind energy fields, and robots...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/04/17/darpa-launches-roboti...

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