DARPA Robot Challenge: Disaster Recovery

Patience Wait | InformationWeek | July 23, 2013

Robots can go where humans can't in a disaster. See what the innovative machines in DARPA's next robotics challenge can do.

Robots To The Rescue
Robotic development has come a long way since the days when mechanical robots could execute just a small number of repetitive tasks. But as the world was reminded following the nuclear reactor meltdown at Fukushima, Japan, following the tsunami of 2011, there is a pressing need for more agile and autonomous robots to aid first responders, especially in risky situations.

Unfortunately, robots are not yet sophisticated or adaptable enough to handle many of the tasks that arise during disasters. Despite advances in programming and micro mechanics, robots have limited mobility, dexterity and ability to recognize and make decisions autonomously.