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NASA Valkyrie Robot for DARPA Competition Unveiled

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NASA Valkyrie Robot for DARPA Competition Unveiled

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NASA Valkyrie Robot for DARPA Competition Unveiled

DARPA issued a challenge to multiple teams a while back to challenge them to build robots that could perform a specific set of tasks. The contest was called the DARPA Robotics challenge and it has several teams that will be building their own humanoid robots. The robots will be tasked with completing a specific set of goals.

The robot will be required to walk over uneven terrain, climb a ladder, use tools, and drive a car. The point of the robotics challenge is to develop robots that could take over certain tasks from humans when needed with no special needs. The bots have to be able to use the same tools and equipment as people. This is why they are shaped like humans.

The Valkyrie robot has been unveiled by NASA and features arms that feature seven degrees of freedom. Spectrum reports the arms also have actuated wrists and hands that feature three fingers and a thumb. The legs of the robot have six degrees of freedom and the feet feature six-axis force-torque sensors. Power for the robot comes from a battery inside a backpack it wears that is good for an hour of use per charge.

One of the unique features of the Valkyrie robot is that it has a modular design for the arms and legs. That means that damaged components can be switched out in minutes. The robot also has a lots of sensors and cameras built in to help it navigate and get around. The robot will be controlled by a human operator rather than being autonomous.


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