The US has revealed a humanoid robot called Atlas that could result in intelligent machines helping in case of natural disasters.
‘Atlas’ humanoid robot
The two-meter tall robot was developed as a test bed for a US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency challenge.
The DARPA challenge demands Atlas to complete eight tasks that it might need to do in case of emergency.
Six teams have only until December to create a software that will help Atlas complete its tasks.
Created to help military
Atlas was created by the Boston Dynamics robotics company, which has been developing and working on robots that can help the military.
Like a human, Atlas has two arms and legs and roams around by walking.
It can see using a stereo laser scanning system and has gripping hands created by two separate robotics firms.
Unlike humans, it has a high speed networking system built-in so it can communicate with its creators and send data back from disaster locations.
Teams participating in robotic challenge
The teams participating in the robotic challenge have only developed with virtual versions of Atlas.
Next stage of competition, algorithms and control programs for the virtual Atlas will be then transferred to the real thing.
The best performing teams that will win will receive funds to continue refining Atlas so it can conduct all eight tasks autonomously.