The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is asking researchers to develop robots that can drive vehicles, climb ladders, and handle power tools during extreme disaster situations, and they’re offering a $2 million dollar prize.
According to DARPA, the robots don’t have to be humanoid in appearance:
“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.”
If they’re intended to be deployed in disasters, then maybe they’ll prove useful in the biggest disaster of all: the coming zombie pandemic!
Check out this video of DARPA robots built by Boston Dynamics climbing stairs, walking on a treadmill, squatting and doing pushups. Kinda creepy if you ask us.
(Feature image provided by Isma’s Meditation Chamber)