Post link 13 June 2015, 15:11
By Rachel Feltman June 8 2015

Miss DARPA’s big robotics challenge? Here’s a compilation of all the robots that fell.

Finalists in the DARPA Robotics Challenge undertook practice runs with their robots ahead of the finals at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. The event requires robots to attempt a simulated disaster response course. (DARPA)

On June 5 and 6, DARPA held the final round of its thrilling robotics competition. The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) required stunning feats of engineering: After years of development, teams from around the world had to get their bots to open doors, climb stairs and even drive a vehicle with limited human control.

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But even with the advanced tech they carried, these bots took a tumble every now and then. Thank goodness that IEEE Spectrum compiled those falls, because they're delightful:

But for DRC robots, falling down is no big deal — as long as you can make it back up again, without human help, and still beat the time it took other competitors to complete the same task.

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"These robots are big and made of lots of metal and you might assume people seeing them would be filled with fear and anxiety," DRC organizer Gill Pratt said in a statement. "But we heard groans of sympathy when those robots fell. And what did people do every time a robot scored a point? They cheered! It's an extraordinary thing, and I think this is one of the biggest lessons from DRC — the potential for robots not only to perform technical tasks for us, but to help connect people to one another."

The $2 million first prize went to Team Kaist of Daejeon, South Korea, and its robot, DRC-Hubo. A second prize of $1 million was awarded to Team IHMC Robotics of Pensacola, Fla., and its robot, Running Man. The $500,000 third prize went to Tartan Rescue of Pittsburgh and its robot, CHIMP.

(Darla Cameron/The Washington Post)
Here's DRC-Hubo accepting his big win:

To find out more about the winning bots — and the competitors they edged out — check out our recent graphic on the finalists.

Now watch breathtaking flyover of the dwarf planet Ceres

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