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        Rise of the Robots | Engineering a Robotic Future

        Explore the challenges of creating humanoid robots, in these video excerpts from NOVA: Rise of the Robots. The excerpts, from science fiction movies, demonstrate how people have imagined humanlike robots; however, in reality, there are still many technological problems to overcome. Some of the biggest challenges in robotics are developing mobility, manual dexterity, and the ability to sense and understand the environment. The DARPA Robotics Challenge asked teams to design and test semiautonomous robots that could help in disaster scenarios. See how two teams designed bipedal humanoid robots for the competition. This resource is part of the NOVA collection.

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        Bridging Imagination and Innovation

        See how robots in the real world compare to imagined robots from science fiction and learn about the DARPA Robotics Challenge, a competition to develop robots that could save lives in a disaster.

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        The Challenges of Designing Robots

        Learn about the development of artificial intelligence and some of the main challenges of designing robots: mobility, manual dexterity, and the ability to see and understand environment.

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        Designing Bipedal Robots

        Learn about the development of bipedal robots and meet Atlas, a humanoid robot that uses cameras, LIDAR, gyroscopes, accelerometers, and other sensors to detect its environment and help it stay upright.

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        The Testing and Redesign Process

        See how one robotics team entered the first part of the DARPA competition with high expectations but experienced failure after failure, which led to a drastic change in the design of their robot, HUBO.

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