Japanese robot wins DARPA challenge, is anime reference


These guys must like PatLabor

Robots are great. A lot of folks would agree with me, including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the institution doing all manner of top-secret, top-awesome projects for the government. Another thing they do that's actually quite public, though, is run the DARPA Robotics Challenge, a yearly tourney pitting the best amateur and professional robotics teams in the world to design the future of rescue and disaster relief robots. The winners would be tapped for further research and prestige. That, and millions in funding, of course.

This year's winners were from a Japanese company (now owned by Google), and their robot, the S-01, won big, scoring 27 points (out of possible 32) and participating in eight tasks, including driving a vehicle, opening a door, carrying and connecting a fire hose, cutting holes through a wall, and climbing a ladder. 

Just as cool as all that is, it really tickles nerd senses to know that the company is called Schaft, Inc. Any mecha-head worth his Minovsky particles will know that Schaft is a big robotics company from the legendary robot anime PatLabor

An awesome choice of name, I have to say, and I hope it's indicative of their future ambition. If that's the case, perhaps in the future we may see a Brocken coming out of there.

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