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Technology Factsheet

Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM)

Category: Robotics > Other > Manipulator Arm
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DARPA’s four-year, multi-track Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) program aims to develop software and hardware that enables a robot to autonomously manipulate, grasp, and perform complicated tasks with humans providing only high-level supervision. The ARM robot will be able to adapt to unstructured, dynamic environments.

Over the course of the program in the Software Track, funded performers will develop algorithms that enable the DARPA robot to execute these numerous tasks. In the Hardware Track, funded performers will develop robust, low-cost multi-fingered hands to perform these tasks.

DARPA is also providing public access to an identical robot in the Outreach Track, allowing anyone the opportunity to write software for the ARM robot to complete similar grasping and manipulation challenges.

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The purpose of the ARM Outreach Track is to promote interactive collaboration to further robotics technology, by using the Internet to provide public access to its advanced ARM system. A variety of participants are encouraged to get involved, from college robotics teams, to corporations, to the average hobbyist. ARM also hopes to expand interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers among high school and college students. The Outreach Track aims to encourage general public participation in the ARM program and raise overall awareness of DARPA.

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