Friday was a good day to go check out the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals 2015 at the Pomona, California Fairplex. There are over 80 exhibitors at the event, as well as the finals challenge. The event continues on June 6, 2015. Here’s some video of the exhibit area:
There were a lot of interesting booths, and some of exhibits including earlier pioneering robots of the challenge. Some of the Internet famous robots were in attendance, including the MIT Robotic Cheetah and Boston Dynamics Spot who showed off a quick dash in front of the crowd at the grandstands, much to the fans delight. Here’s some video other people took at the challenge.
Spot appears to be a show off!
The event is receiving a great amount of media coverage, and the live streams from the event on the DARPA TV provide some great coverage, plus wonderful camera angles of the finalist robot teams competing. You can watch some of the high quality recorded action on the DARPAtv YouTube Channel. They are live streaming the event on June 6 too.
It was a fun time, but it looks like a lot of work needs to be done if these robots are ever going to become our benevolent overlords. Here’s some form the lessons of hard knocks:
A Celebration of Risk (a.k.a, Robots Take a Spill)
But like your mother told you, it’s not about falling down. It’s about getting back up and how you handle it.