Later this year, DARPA will be hosting what promises to be a watershed event in the world of robotics: the Robotics Challenge. Huge, expensive robots will have to navigate obstacle courses and complete complex tasks that simulate how robots might be able to help out after a major disaster. NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) recently announced that they will be entering the fray with their monkey-based robot, RoboSimian. With four general purpose limbs and no real front, RoboSimian is designed for both economy of motion and enhanced perceptual awareness.
RoboSapien is still under construction, but is slated for completion before the Robotics Challenge begins in December.
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