Annual robotics challenge finals held in California

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Some of the world’s most advanced robots battled it out in the annual Robotics Challenge Finals, hosted by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. For the teams of students and engineers, the event represents years of development. And this year, they were all given a humanitarian mission.

Annual robotics challenge finals held in California

Annual robotics challenge finals held in California

Some of the world's most advanced robots battled it out in the annual Robotics Challenge Finals, hosted by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. For the teams of students and engineers, the event represents years of development. And this year, they were all given a humanitarian mission.CCTV-America's May Lee filed this report from Pomona, California.

CCTV-America’s May Lee filed this report from Pomona, California.

Highlight:

  • DARPA, an agency of the U.S. Defense Department, had teams build robots that could be used in disaster relief. The idea was launched after the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan.
  • 24 teams from the U.S., Europe and Asia brought their most advanced robots to be put to the test. All had to complete eight difficult tasks including driving a car, turning a valve, drilling a hole in a wall and walking through rubble.
  • The winner of the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge is team KAIST from South Korea and its robot DRC-Hubo. The prize is two million dollars.