The awesome RoboSimian robot is currently preparing to enter this years DARPA Robotics Challenge and is one of the few non-biped finalists in the competition.
RoboSimian has been designed, developed and constructed by JPL and is equipped with four general purpose limbs and hands, capable of both mobility and manipulation.
JPL explains :“This groundbreaking RoboSimian uses deliberate and stable operations to complete challenging tasks under supervised tele-operation while in a degraded human environment. This emphasis on stability over dynamics and deliberation over reaction will result in faster and more robust overall operations by decreasing missteps for both robot and human operator.
To accomplish this end, the team employs design methods, system elements, and software algorithms that have already demonstrated success for JPL’s unique ATHLETE and Lemur robots, and JPL’s first-place DARPA ARM-S team.”
The Robosimian competed in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials in December 2013 and is now hoping to do well in this years event. We will keep you posted.