MIT readies Atlas robot for Darpa competition
Robots from across the world are competing in two-day competition organised by the Pentagon's Darpa research unit.
The organisers will challenge the machines with a series of trials near Miami that they say will help spur on development of rescue robots that can be deployed in future man-made disasters.
Contestants were given the choice of designing their own machine or programming Atlas - a two-legged humanoid robot designed by Google-owned Boston Dynamics.
Among the 17 groups taking part is a team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which has opted to use Atlas.
Team leader Seth Teller explains how challenging it was to get the robot ready in time.
19 Dec 2013