The robot

The robots competing in the final stages of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) consisted of three primary components: the physical robot itself, the software platform that powered it, and the human operators interacting with it. Following the Virtual Robotics Challenge (June 2013), the seven top-performing teams were provided with an Atlas humanoid robot developed by Boston Dynamics. Each team then had to develop their own software platform for the robot for all remaining challenges (DRC Trials and DRC Finals).

Team ViGIR used a Collaborative Autonomy approach designed to make the best of both the robot’s extensive physical capabilities as well as the human operator that’s part of the system. Named Florian (after the patron saint of firefighters), the team’s robot was able to perform the most hazardous disaster response operations while its human team members stayed at a safe distance, reducing potential casualties and enabling the human team to help even more people. During the competition, Florian advanced from a tether-based system to a wireless system that allowed even greater freedom of movement.

Florian / ATLAS Robot Specifications

Near-human anthropometry

28 hydraulically actuated joints

On-board real time controller

Electric power and network tether

On-board hydraulic pump & thermal mgmt

Modular wrists accept 3rd party hands

Head-mounted sensor package with LIDAR, stereo vision sensors, and audio

Weight: 330 lbs (150 kg)

Height: 6’2″ (1.88 m)

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