Seeking to spur the hand of innovation and accelerate the creation of human-shaped robots that are able to act in inhospitable terrain where dexterity is a must, DARPA has launched the rescue robots challenge, a contest where teams prototype exactly this kind of Robot. One of rising superstars is a HERMES, a humanoid robot steered by a human pilot strapped to a remote-controlled exoskeleton. HERMES was built by roboticists at MIT and features human-like reflexes and dexterity.
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