The DARPA Office of Science and Technology Development (OSTD) has announced plans to launch a new DARPA program to help students build hardware and software for DARPS students to use to build robotic arms.
The DARPA Robotics Challenge is designed to spur development of the technologies needed to replace the human body with robots that can operate independently and safely.
DARPA plans to award $10 million for this project in 2016.
The agency says the DARPA-funded program is designed for students to work on a variety of robotics projects, including a “robotic arm” that can be attached to a robotic body and use a variety “dynamic motions” to move the arm.
DARPS will be providing a variety that students can build themselves, including an arm with an “open” design and an arm that has an “arms” design, DARPS officials said.
The goal of the DARPS robotics challenge is to build a “Robot Arms Program” that could be applied to many robotics projects.
DARPs chief of robotics and automation, Brian Brown, told the BBC News program Robots and Robotics: “We need to create an ecosystem that enables a large number of students to participate in an autonomous system, and the Robot Arms Program is designed specifically to enable this.”
“I think we are at the start of an exciting era of robotics,” DARPS President and CEO Steve Davis said.
“The robots that we see today can do a lot of things that would be impossible if humans were there to do it.”
Brown said that the DARPs goal is to “create an ecosystem” that enables students to design and build robots for DARPs robotic arms program.
DARPMD will award up to $10,000 for the program, and students are eligible to apply for funding through a DARPA application.
The new DARPMED program is expected to be launched this year.
DARps officials told CBS News the goal of this program is to enable students to learn how to use robots in a variety a different way.
DARP’s robotics challenges focus on developing robots that are capable of learning, operating independently and performing tasks in an automated environment.DARPA’s robotic arms initiative will also include other DARPM projects that are designed to help universities and research institutions develop robot-like systems.