Aug. 6, 2013 12:30 pm

These Drexel robots will compete in a federal robotics challenge in Dec. [VIDEO]

The Drexel team created a lifelike set, "complete with radiation and zombie warnings," to train the robots.

The latest iteration of the HUBO robot is taller. Previously, it stood at 4-foot-3-inches and 87 pounds. Now it's 4-feet-8-inches and 115 pounds.

The HUBO robots have entered training mode.

This December, Drexel’s robots will compete in a head-to-head trial in Florida against five other teams as part of an international competition run by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that challenges participants to program a robot to respond to a radioactive disaster. Drexel is the lead university on the team, composed of nine other universities

The Drexel team created a lifelike set, “complete with radiation and zombie warnings,” to train the robots, Drexel spokesman Britt Faulstick said.

If you want to see the robots in the test environment, email efaletto AT or stop by the Drexel Armory between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday until the end of August. 

Additionally, new versions of HUBO arrived from Korea earlier this summer. The new versions include “stronger joints, adding a dozen more degrees of freedom in arms/legs, quadruped walking ability,” Faulstick said.

Watch HUBO turn a valve below.

Read more on Drexel’s blog here.

Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.


Sign-up for regular updates from Philly.