Maybe not sci-fi, but robots readied for big tests

December 15, 2013 • Business

In this photo made on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, robotics engineer Jordan Brindza explains how he and the team use multiple computer displays to make sure the CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform robot, known as CHIMP, operates properly at the National Robotics Engineering Center in Pittsburgh. Carnegie Mellon researchers are testing the new search-and-rescue robot that will compete in the U.S. Defense Department’s upcoming national robotics competition in Florida. Competitors from other schools and companies will be vying for a $2 million U.S. Defense Department prize. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. (AP) — The real world has not caught up yet with “Star Wars” and its talking, thinking robots, but some of the most sophisticated units that exist are heading to Florida this week for a Defense Department competition.

Seventeen humanoid robots will be evaluated Friday and Saturday at Homestead Miami Speedway for how well they can complete tasks including getting into an all-terrain vehicle and driving it and opening doors.

It’s all stuff people can do. But the mission for the teams in the competition is to make robots that could function in disaster zones where the Login to read more

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