DARPA Robot Masters Stairs

This video shows versions of DARPA and Boston Dynamics robots climbing stairs, walking on a treadmill and doing pushups. A modified platform resembling these robots is expected to be used as government-funded equipment (GFE) for performers in Tracks B and C of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (www.darpa.mil The GFE Platform is expected to have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head, and will be physically capable of performing all of the tasks required for the disaster response scenarios scheduled in the Challenge. However, despite the appearance of the robots in the video, the Challenge is decidedly not exclusive to humanoid robot solutions. Any designs are welcome provided they are compatible with shared human-robot environments, compatible with human tools, and compatible with human operators so that a human without expertise in robotics can give commands and confidently anticipate the response. It is DARPA’s position that achieving true innovation in robotics, and thus success in the Robotics Challenge, will require contributions from communities beyond traditional robotics developers. Hardware, software, modeling and gaming developers are sought to link with emergency response and various science communities to devise novel solutions that enable robots to respond to disasters according to the tasks laid out in DARPA’s announcement (go.usa.gov for the Challenge.

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14 Responses to DARPA Robot Masters Stairs

  1. stillbashingmetal says:

    Think “Terminator”

  2. Michael Lopez says:

    That’s exactly what I thought when it cleared the stairs.

  3. TheFinalStageShow says:

    This + MP5 = New class of soldier^^

  4. myk98m20yrsago says:

    The creepy little red shoes. And what’s with the rotating red light as a head? Eeewwww.

  5. AdiDoinStuff says:


  6. conpa18dany says:

    imagine that machine trying to kill you

  7. gregthesenior12 says:

    Bullcrap…. Darpa is just going to steal the ideas from society then exploit them as weapons for the military. Emergency my behind. This “challenge” is just a way to get ideas without paying for them.

  8. Kaza128 says:

    1:45 Dat strut

  9. watcheem says:

    It’s cute now, but just you wait, they will come for us!

  10. 9skiner says:

    Better version : /watch?v=EcOi6npIsVc&feature=player_embedded

  11. P4INKiller says:

    I wish they would focus research on synthetic muscles and do away with hydraulics altogether.

  12. Darius Stewart says:


  13. letmeshowumypkmn says:


  14. Robin Farrell says:

    That is actually it’s positronic brain.

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