Meet the Google robot that won DARPA's techno challenge (video)

Leada Gore | By Leada Gore | The Huntsville Times
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on January 19, 2014 at 8:23 AM, updated January 19, 2014 at 8:35 AM
-d57633366f309561.jpgS-One by Team Schaft 

Meet S-One - the winner of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Robot Challenge.

S-One's creator, Team Schaft, is a Japanese robotics company owned by Google. It was among the 16 robots competing at the end of December in a DARPA contest featuring eight separate challenges. Those challenges included: driving a vehicle over a short course, getting in and out of a vehicle and walking, removing rubble from a doorway, climbing a ladder, using a tool to cut through a hole in a wall, opening valves and pulling a firehose a short distance and connecting it to a standpipe.

The contest was created in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. DARPA officials said the tasks undertaken by the robots were designed to simulate those they would face in the event of a natural disaster.

S-One scored 27 points (out of 30). It and the other top eight robots will move on to the next competition that will be held later this year. That's when the robots will receive a full workout when all the tests are combined into one mission.