The DARPA Robotics Challenge is an event that encourages the creation of robots that could one day be of use assisting first responders during major disasters. The two-day challenge is set to play host to 23 international teams which vie for $3.5 million in prizes.
The challenge involves specific tasks that test a robot's ability to respond to disaster. The tasks include driving small cars, closing valves, climbing over debris, climbing stairs, cutting a hole in the wall using a drill and lots more.
While it is undeniably incredible cool to see sophisticated robots doing all kinds of cool things, the DARPA Robotics Challenge is about far, far more than just entertainment. The technology within the robots being showcased in the challenge has the potential to save lives and make people's lives better.