AI News, WALK-MAN Team Built Brand New, Highly Custom Robot for DRC Finals

WALK-MAN Team Built Brand New, Highly Custom Robot for DRC Finals

While some DRC teams received fancy ATLAS robots from DARPA and other teams decided to adaptexisting platforms (HUBO and HRP-2, for example) to compete in the Finals, some groups set out to build completely new robots.

WALK-MANwas developed as part ofthe European Commission-funded Project WALK-MAN, and the goal wascreating a completely original and new body design, so it is different from any other existing robot we developed so far at IIT.

The two robots differ in their actuation system (WALK-MANis an electrical motor driven robot while ATLASis a hydraulic system) but arevery similar in certain dimensions likeheight (1.85 m) and shoulderdistance (0.8 m).WALK-MAN is lighter (120 kg with backpack) than Atlas (around 180 kg).

The robot is commanded by a human operator from a pilot station and can perform autonomously some tasks such as balancing, walking, and distance measurements using its perception system.

The majority of the robot actions are driven by the commands provided by the operator, who is responsible for all the decisions andactions required during the remotely executed tasks.We set up aspecial training areain the lab, in order to construct the mockup of several tasks of the DRC probable arena: a wall to be cut, a door to open and pass through, a valve and a long corridor to walk.

We then hadto debug our new hardwareand integrate and debug the high level software and eventually make the system reliable so we could do experiments and perform tasks.

The development of the robot software was done by 12 people who are working on the low level firmware, the software architecture, the high level motion generation and perception modules, and the operator station software.

DARPA Robotics Challenge

and two live hardware challenges, the DRC Trials in December 2013 and the DRC Finals in June 2015.[2] [3] Besides spurring development of semi-autonomous robots, the DRC also sought to make robotic software and systems development more accessible beyond the end of the program.

To that end, the DRC funded the adaptation of the GAZEBO robot simulator by the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) for DRC purposes and the construction of six Boston Dynamics ATLAS robots that were given to the teams that performed best in the VRC.[4] Dr. Gill Pratt, Program Manager DARPA Robotics Challenge described DARPA and its goals with the Robotics Challenge:[5] DARPA’s role is to spur innovation.

Tracks B and C will go through the Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC), after which successful teams may receive funding for subsequent stages.[4] Applications for tracks A and B closed in May 2012.[6] The track C application window closed on 18 December 2012, though late applications were still being considered as of January 2013,[7] though participants may still download the DRC Simulator, an open source application created by the Open Source Robotics Foundation.[8] Track D was open for registration through October 2013.[9] The signup site for Tracks C and D (no funding) shows illustrations of robots with most largely conforming to humanoid layouts (bipedal with two arms).

DARPA will provide to some participants 'a robotic hardware platform with arms, legs, torso and head.[1] In August 2012, DARPA announced that it would pay about $10.9 million to Boston Dynamics to build seven platforms based on the PETMAN project by August 2014.[12][13][14] The contest will also include 'supervised autonomy' tasks in which non-expert operators will be allowed/required to complete tasks using the robotic vehicle.

The Challenge will focus on the ability to complete such supervised autonomy tasks 'despite low fidelity (low bandwidth, high latency, intermittent) communications.'[4] The DRC Trials occurred on December 20 and 21, 2013 in Florida.

Twenty-five of the top robotics organizations in the world gathered to compete for $3.5 million in prizes as they attempted a simulated disaster-response course.[20] The 25 teams competing for the Finals are:[21] In the Finals, three teams had a perfect score of 8.

ATLAS DRC Robot Is 75 Percent New, Completely Unplugged

We’ve always known that the ATLAS DRC humanoid robot was due forsome serious upgrades before the DARPA Robotics ChallengeFinals, because having a robot that’s tethered for power and safety is just notin the spirit of what the DRC is all about: moving towards robotic systems that can provide meaningful assistance during a real-world disaster scenario.

We’re hoping to be able to follow up with DARPA for extra details, but at this point, what we’re really looking forward to seeing is the firstteam with enough confidence in their robot and software to post a video of an unthered ATLAS falling on its face and then getting back up again.

The Next Generation of Boston Dynamics' ATLAS Robot Is Quiet, Robust, and Tether Free

Boston Dynamics has just posted an incredible video showcasing a massively upgraded version of the ATLAS robot that they initially developed for the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain and help with navigation.

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