Robotic Arms that Can Complete Tasks on Their Own
DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is developing an autonomous robotic arm that requires only simple commands to performs complex tasks, like changing a tire or defusing explosive devices.
In the past, we’ve seen a variety of robotic arms that can do a variety of things, from chucking cinder blocks across a room to being controlled by thought. But behind the majority of these mechanical feats was a human guiding the robot’s every move, step-by-step. That might be fine inside a laboratory, but what about somewhere a little less convenient, like a war zone, for instance? That’s why DARPA has begun development on autonomous robotic arms that require only simple commands to performs complex tasks, like searching a bag or defusing explosive devices.
Robots are increasingly used by the military as a means to keep soldiers out of harm’s way, but each bot tends to have a highly specific set of functions due to programming limits. DARPA’s Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) program hopes to create one or more types of bots that can perform multiple tasks when needed with very little human interaction.
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