The upcoming DARPA Robotics Challenge isn’t just starring Boston Dynamics’ PETMAN robot. A small selection of teams from around the world will be funded to the tune of $2M USD over several years to build their own custom platforms for the challenge. The deadline for proposals was in late May, and the teams are now learning whether or not they made the cut.
Unfortunately the European team led by Icarus Technology‘s Davide Faconti wasn’t selected. Having already completed two impressive full-sized humanoid robots called REEM-A and REEM-B, Davide was in a much better position than many teams from the United States to build a working robot for the challenge. I had full confidence in him and wanted to lend a hand if I could. With his permission, I am now able to share the conceptual work I did for his team’s proposal.