Let's Make Robots!

make a human size robot(5 feet)

build a humaniod robot that is 5 feet tall and can work.


also must be able to:



grab stuff


do common household stuff

to win: must send pic and video to me of your robot completeing taskes

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Yeah!  OK!  Bring on the Robot Apocalypse why doncha?


Oddbot read my mind!

Ok, here's the thing. generally speaking most of the members here don't even have a rolling robot that is able to do those tasks (and I'm not talking about walking and sitting). I always say go one step at a time. Build a rolling robot. Add a gripper to grab objects. Add a speech recognition chip to be able to give it commands. Add a MP3 chip or a text to speech chip for talk back. Add vision. Program the robot to clean the room picking socks, toys, empty beer cans, whatever. Build a walking robot. Add balance sensors to it. Add speech chips. Add vision. Then program it to do house chores. If all works, go bigger. 

Just one point that everyone has hinted at but not really said: You have to have built this bot first before you can make it a challenge.

it seams a like a small amount of cash for such an advanced robotic system

I agree Chuck. As successful as Darpa have been I feel like they're trivialising what it will take to make a humanoid capable of all this task.

I love the Darpa stuff, but, it will be very interesting to see what anyone can do to touch this.  Of course Darpa may be happy with a telepresence (person driving the thing), which would still be a huge accomplishment.

I think humanoid robots capable of using human tools is a great idea, after all, most things are made to be used by people with human hands, human feet, human eyes, etc...  That said the effort level to get there is immense.

Some robot expert, (of course I forget who), said he could make a robot to fly a plane but not pick the keys out of your pocket.  Object recognition is the tall mountain we have yet to climb.

Think about just building a robot to empty garbage cans in an office at night.  If every garbage can is in a designated spot and marked with some robot recognizable mark, perhaps not too hard.  But if not specially marked it gets tough fast.  Even the dumbest person can pick out a garbage can based on its shape, its location, and what is inside.  Imagine trying to program the robot to do that.  I think a lot of files, luguage and parts bins would go out with the trash.

The human ability to parse imagery and match it against a huge database of objects is unchallenged so far.

Still it should be fun to see what the Darpa contestants come up with.  I could use 2 million dollars but somehow my SHR probably doesn't ....quite... qualify yet. ...LOL.

Even that incredible robot doesn't meet this challenge.