UPDATE 12/21/13 Saturday 7:44 pm ET: The DRC Trials have ended (check out the final results!). The Day 1 and Day 2 feeds we posted below are now archived recordings of the events.)

We're at the DARPA Robotics Challenge all day today and tomorrow. It's going to be craaazy, and with so many events going on all at once, there's no way we're going to be able to bring you everything in real time. Fortunately, DARPA has a bunch of camera crews who will be live streaming almost all events, so just start playing the videos below to tune right in.

Just a quick note: when DARPA talks about "Red" teams and "Blue" teams, they're differentiating between teams that brought their own robots for Track A and D ("Red") and teams using ATLAS for Track B and C ("Blue"). To simplify logistics, there are separate competition areas for Red and Blue, so there are several competitions going on at once.

DAY 2 - SATURDAY (ARCHIVED)

DRC Main Feed with Commentary

 

DRC Red Debris Event

 

DRC Blue Vehicle Event

 

DRC Blue Debris Event

 

DRC Blue Hose Event

 

DRC Red Hose Event

 

DRC Red Door Event

 

 

DAY 1 - FRIDAY (ARCHIVED)

DRC Main Feed with Commentary

 

DRC Blue Debris Event

 

DRC Red Wall Event

 

DRC Blue Hose Event

 

DRC Blue Vehicle Event

 

DRC Red Terrain Event

 

DRC Red Debris Event

 

DRC Red Door Event

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The Bionic-Hand Arms Race

The prosthetics industry is too focused on high-tech limbs that are complicated, costly, and often impractical

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A photograph of a young woman with brown eyes and neck length hair dyed rose gold sits at a white table. In one hand she holds a carbon fiber robotic arm and hand. Her other arm ends near her elbow. Her short sleeve shirt has a pattern on it of illustrated hands.

The author, Britt Young, holding her Ottobock bebionic bionic arm.

Gabriela Hasbun. Makeup: Maria Nguyen for MAC cosmetics; Hair: Joan Laqui for Living Proof
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In Jules Verne’s 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon, members of the fictitious Baltimore Gun Club, all disabled Civil War veterans, restlessly search for a new enemy to conquer. They had spent the war innovating new, deadlier weaponry. By the war’s end, with “not quite one arm between four persons, and exactly two legs between six,” these self-taught amputee-weaponsmiths decide to repurpose their skills toward a new projectile: a rocket ship.

The story of the Baltimore Gun Club propelling themselves to the moon is about the extraordinary masculine power of the veteran, who doesn’t simply “overcome” his disability; he derives power and ambition from it. Their “crutches, wooden legs, artificial arms, steel hooks, caoutchouc [rubber] jaws, silver craniums [and] platinum noses” don’t play leading roles in their personalities—they are merely tools on their bodies. These piecemeal men are unlikely crusaders of invention with an even more unlikely mission. And yet who better to design the next great leap in technology than men remade by technology themselves?

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