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South Korean Robot Wins First Prize in DARPA Robotics Challenge

DRC-Hubo gets a grip on the valve. (Photo credit: DARPA.)

The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals were recently held in Pomona, California. The contest, which tests a robot’s skills at assisting humans in natural disaster scenarios, is extremely difficult. Robot are judged on their ability to perform a variety of tasks, including walking across rubble, open doors, …

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Underdog Wins Innovation Award at NASA Robotic Mining Competition

This excavation robot has rotating scoops that gather the regolith and dump it on to other robots for transport. (Photo credit: JBU Eaglenauts.)

More than 45 teams competed in the Sixth Annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition last week at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The competition pitted student teams against each other, with each designing a robot intended to cross simulated Martian terrain, excavate a rocky material known …

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FingerTech Mini Power Switch

Make life easier during your next robot battle with this power switch from FingerTech Robotics. (Photo credit: FingerTech Robotics.)

This high-power switch is perfect for robotics competitions, when you don’t want to be plugging and unplugging your robot repeatedly. Small yet robust, the FingerTech Mini Power Switch turns on with the low-force twist of an Allen key. Once full rotation counter-clockwise disconnects the power. Weighing …

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FIRST Announces ‘Game-Changing’ Technology Platform for use in Worldwide Student Robotics Competitions


FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an international not-for-profit K-12 organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, today announced that one of its four K-12 robotics programs, FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) targeted to …

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