CHIMP robot aims to master art of opening doors, driving all terrain vehicle

Wellington, Dec. 16 : A robot designed at Pittsburgh's university is set to be tested over the weekend for a US Defence Department competition.

The robot has been designed at the Carnegie Mellon University, dubbed CHIMP, for CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform, and will be competing among 17 humanoid robots for how well it can complete tasks including driving an all-terrain vehicle and opening doors.

According to, the top bots would move into the finals next year and the winning team would get 2 million dollars as part of a project of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

The CHIMP is just over 1.5m tall and is one of 10 robots that were designed and built from scratch over the last 14 months for the DARPA challenge.

Lead researcher on CHIMP and director of the National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon, Anthony Stentz said that they wanted to design a robot having a roughly human form but didn't want to take on the difficult task of building a machine that is too humanlike.

The CHIMP rolls on treads, like a small tank, has treads on its arms, and gets down on all fours to go over rough terrain.

Stentz said that the CHIMP also gets some commands from humans but has the ability to make limited decisions.

The report said that it took CHIMP several minutes to open a door or attach a fire hose to a water faucet during test runs at the university.

--ANI (Posted on 16-12-2013)

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