NASA build robotic woman named Valkyrie to accompany astronauts in space

Source: news.nationalpost.com – Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Meet Valkyrie, a 6-foot-tall human-like robot built at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Valkyrie will soon be a contestant in The Department of Defense’s Robotics Challenge where the world’s best robot will win a $ 2 million prize. 17 teams will compete in the Challenge at Florida’s Homestead Miami Speedway, December 20-21. One winner will be chosen for development, plus its creators get that $ 2 million. DARPA is careful not to say it’s looking for robot soldiers. It says it wants these robots to work with humans during things like natural disasters. That means it wants the robot to be able to move through rubble, lift, carry, fix, build. Those are the kinds of tasks these robots will be competing on later this month. The scientists at NASA say they wanted to build a superhero robot that could eventually accompany astronauts in space. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE-YBaYjbqY&w=620&h=379] The participating teams were announced about a year ago and many them have been eager to share the progress. But the NASA JSC team has kept its robot a secret until now when it invited a team from the Spectrum IEEE blog to visit. NASA showed them a robot patterned on human physiology, which should make it more able to do things like walk through rubble than a robot built with, for instance, wheels. This robot also has a distinctly womanly shape. YouTube/IEEE Spectrum The robot has a very distinctive shape. While the official NASA position i

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