DARPA, Boston Dynamics partner on humanoid robot project

Boston Dynamics has won a $10.9 million contract to develop and build a set of identical robot systems for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge Program, reports Washington Technology, a sister website of Defense Systems.

The robotic platforms will be humanoid, consisting of two legs, a torso, two arms with hands, a sensor head and on board computing, the Defense Department announcement said Aug. 14.

The robots are being created to provide assistance, such as perform evacuation operations, during any potential natural or man-made disasters that would otherwise prove too dangerous for human aid, the story said, Because the robots are humanoid, they will be able to operate in human-engineered environments, using human tools if necessary.

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