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The latest entrant to DARPA's $2m Robotics Challenge is a four-limbed robot with near-human strength and the dexterity to climb ladders or use tools. CHIMP robot Don't try and feed it a banana The CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform (CHIMP) from Carnegie Mellon University uses mounted tracks on each triple-jointed limb to …

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Boffin

So is it a tele operated remote handler or a true robot?

The former will need 1 or more joystick jockeys to do the clever bits. The latter something along the lines of a "Climb that ladder" command and it just does it.

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Re: So is it a tele operated remote handler or a true robot?

The article says Robotic entrants for the $2m prize must be able to operate without a power line or wired connection so I'm guessing the latter.

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Re: So is it a tele operated remote handler or a true robot?

wired connection, not wireless. wireless coms is probably a given. Nice mock up of the ladder climbing though, doesn't even need to hold on, apparently.

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Re: So is it a tele operated remote handler or a true robot?

"So is it a tele operated remote handler or a true robot? "

Both

""Humans provide high-level control, while the robot provides low-level reflexes and self-protective behaviors. This enables CHIMP to be highly capable without the complexity associated with a fully autonomous robot.""

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Terminator

Re: So is it a tele operated remote handler or a true robot?

There seem to be some kind of hooks on its "knees" for climbling latters. Interesting design, if a bit terrifying.

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Anything?

"In a pinch, it can do anything"

OK let's see it put together an Ikea wardrobe. It seems to have the appropriate number of "hands" anyway.

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Terminator

Re: Anything?

That'll be version 2, it'll have an extra pair of arms and more processing power to deal with interpreting the vague instructions.

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Re: Anything?

And it will need the wireless connection and voice processing to contact Ikea and ask where there missing parts are.

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I want one!

Preferably equipped with an on board set of tools like Johnny 5 had.

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Although I'm sure everyone would appreciate it if they changed the design from that of Johnny 5 - specifically so the tools don't look like are stored in his cock

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FAIL

Judging by the daylight between the tracks and the ladder it falls over or can levitate

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Childcatcher

Try and Try Again

Don't try and to feed it a banana.

Fixed that for you.

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