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kfield
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Beautiful machines
kfield   7/3/2013 4:43:45 PM
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These high-tech machines are really beautiful to behold - it's amazing to see the diversity of design choices. It would be really interesting to know something about the trade-offs and challenges associated with each design. Were there manufacturing cost or other targets for the teams to meet in the competition?

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Re: Beautiful machines
R_Colin_Johnson   7/3/2013 6:15:27 PM
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Funding wise, each of these teams got $1.8 million from DARPA to develop their robots. The winners from among them will get an additional $1.2 million to finish their development for the December 2013 real-world contest. Then the winners in Dec. will get an additional $1 million to refine their design for the final showdown in Dec. 2014 when a single winner will take the $2 million purse. (In contrast, the software teams only got $375,000 each to prepare for the Virtual Robotics Challenge: http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1318779 Those six winners will get DARPA-supplied Atlas robots--plus a seventh donated Atlas for team seven--to compete against the robots in this slideshow.)

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Warlord   7/11/2013 8:35:58 PM
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Not all teams were DARPA funded. Look at the second place team in virtual WPI. Unfunded and still beat out funded teams.

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The Future is here now
Charles.Desassure   7/5/2013 2:05:23 AM
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Thanks for this article.  Yes, with this major successful project, robots will indeed be part of our future within the next few years.  I predict that we will be able to go to a local store and purchase a robot just like you do a cell phone.  Of course, the price will be higher based on the features and the memory.  A robot will be able to cook, clean the house, and complete other tasks as requested.   After the success of robots, congress will try to get in the act and propose laws; just like they did with the Internet.   The future is here now.

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Max The Magnificent   7/5/2013 12:10:36 PM
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The future is here now.

But I'm not ready!!! :-)

 

FYI For some reason the system (as part of the magration) has changed your username to "anon...". Thsi happened to me aslo -- you have to go into your profile and change it back (and when the system asks you for your Twitter etc. accounts, ifyou don;t have any, "NA" is a perfectly good answer).

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Charles.Desassure   7/5/2013 12:15:10 PM
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Done.  Thanks!

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   7/5/2013 6:56:50 PM
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## Done.  Thanks!


Are you sure? I'm still seeing your "anon..." username...

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Sheetal.Pandey   7/6/2013 2:28:50 PM
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In future it will be needed to have robots ready to be in situations where it pricey to send humans. Warfields, extreme temperature conditions or may just for doing your house work.

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   7/8/2013 10:46:44 AM
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The only thing I worry about is ... well, did you see my book review on Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson?

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My robot
burn00500   7/8/2013 12:54:13 PM
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I thought we were supposed to have personal robots and flying cars by now...

 

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krisi   7/8/2013 1:23:43 PM
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I think you can get your personal robot now...it is just a question of price ;-)

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R_Colin_Johnson   7/9/2013 6:49:27 PM
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I'm all for personal robots--I have a lot of jobs I would like to off-load to them--but so far I have been disppointed in even the most specialized home robots. I'm beginning to think robotics needs a "killer app" to break open the home market.

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krisi   7/9/2013 6:57:06 PM
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Robots are used in production (cars), warehouses, etc...well defined tasks...it will be a while until they are useful in consumer applications...I would give it 20 years

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R_Colin_Johnson   7/10/2013 11:34:02 AM
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I agree. There is also the push to create co-robots--industrial robots that can safely work alongside humans:

http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1266233&page_number=7



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