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Dazzmobile Rocks DARPA’s Robotics Challenge

December 21, 2013

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This weekend Dazzmobile has had the pleasure of providing the mobile app for DARPA’s 2013 Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials at the Miami Speedway in Holmstead, FL. Screen Shot 2013-12-21 at 3.02.31 PM

The DRC is a competition of robot systems and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters.  It was designed to be extremely difficult.  Participating teams, representing some of the most advanced robotics research and development organizations in the world, are collaborating and innovating on a very short timeline to develop the hardware, software, sensors, and human-machine control interfaces that will enable their robots to complete a series of challenge tasks selected by DARPA for their relevance to disaster response.

DARPA Robotics Challenge It was about a week ago when Google made headlines by purchasing Boston Dynamics, one of the top Military robotics contractors.  At DRC, Boston Dynamics will be showing off Atlas… who has a eerie likeness to those ‘Bots gone Wild’ from Terminator fame.

On site, Dazzmobile continues to wow alongside the Robot Olympians with its real-time games, polls and trivia… available in-app and visible around the Miami Speedway jumbotrons.

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The robots will actually face eight different tasks that seem trivial to humans, but will pose a serious challenge to the competitors. As depicted below in the Dazzmobile DRC App screenshot, these include driving an ATV-like vehicle through a twisty course, climbing an eight-foot tall ladder, opening a lever-handled door, navigating an obstacle course featuring ramps and loose footings, cutting a hole in a wall, spinning wheels to close three air valves, unreeling a hose and connecting its nozzle to a faucet, and finally clearing debris from a doorway.

For great live coverage, tune into IEEE Spectrum here.PART_1387652436602_2

Eight (8) of the top teams competing here will continue to receive DARPA funding and invited to attend the DARPA Robotics Finals in December 2014 and compete, along with self-funded teams, for a $2 million prize.

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