Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Singapore $1M Urban Warrior Robot Contest

In an effort to sharpen Singapore military's technical edge, the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) has launched a contest with a S$1 million prize money, to build a robot that can operate autonomously in urban warfare conditions, moving in and out of buildings to search and destroy targets like a human soldier. From DSTA:
The TechX Challenge Robot must be capable of autonomous navigation and target identification and engagement.

It will have to navigate its way through a number of different settings, from an outdoor environment to an indoor urban location. Along the way, the robot has to overcome obstacles, negotiate stairs, operate an elevator to reach a particular floor in the building to search for and engage designated static targets before proceeding back to the starting point.

The robot will be expected to have the relevant payloads to facilitate navigation and execution of the tasks as required.
I think DSTA can keep the $1m because currently, I don't think anyone can build a robot that can do all those things.

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