Video Friday: DRC Tasks, Quadrotor Failsafes, and Autopsy Robots
Well, we've made it to December. And that means we're just a few weeks away from the DARPA Robotics Challenge. It's kind of amazing to think that the DRC was announced a year and a half ago now; it doesn't seem like it's been nearly that long, probably because robotics in general just never stops. It's enough to drive you crazy, especially when it's Thursday night and you're trying to put together an awesome Video Friday and there are just too many videos and...
Deep breaths. Deep breaths. Okay, I'm good now.
Anyway, the DRC runs the weekend of December 20-21 down in Homestead, near Miami, in Florida, and it's open to the public if you happen to be in the neighborhood. There'll be an expo, with demos of Boston Dynamics LS3 and WildCat (among other robots), and you'll get to sit in some grandstands just 20 meters away from the robots competing in the DRC itself, live. Or as live as robots get, anyway.
If you can't make it down there, we'll be there of course to bring you the cool stuff, but DARPA is putting some serious effort into webcasting as much as they possibly can, with multiple live streams in addition to live commentary and daily highlights from a bunch of dedicated camera crews, so there's no need to feel left out. We'll have all the details on that before the event starts.
Moving on now: videos!