Google’s Schaft Robot Dominates Pentagon Contest

Published on December 23, 2013
by Dion Nissenbaum

It may not be the prettiest robot on the scene, but the angular blue creation from Google’s newly acquired Japanese startup is poised to secure more Pentagon funding to develop a creation capable of venturing into dangerous disaster zones to help humans.

Schaft’s robot dominated the two-day Pentagon Robotics Challenge Trials this weekend in Florida, where 16 teams competed at the Nascar race track south of Miami for one of eight slots to secure more federal development funds. The Pentagon set up a kind of robot Boot Camp, where the entrees had to run through a series of eight tests, from turning off a value and opening a series of doors to removing “debris” and driving an all-terrain-vehicle.

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