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Robotiq 3-Finger Robot Gripper Featured at DARPA Robotics Challenge

Guillaume Robert
by Guillaume Robert. Last updated on May 05, 2016 5:10 PM
Posted on Dec 19, 2013 12:10 PM. 4 min read time

chimp carnegie mellon DARPA robotics challenge 1a blogAs the 17 teams taking part in the DARPA Robotics Challenges are heading to Florida for the trials, Robotiq is proud to announce that its 3-Finger Adaptive Robot Gripper will play a major role at this competition held on December 20-21 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Indeed, 4 of the 17 teams have chosen the 3-Finger Adaptive Robot Gripper for their design of a robot capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disaster, such as Fukushima.

The DARPA ROBOTICS CHALLENGE is an initiative of the US Department of Defense to develop new technologies and make new robotic breakthroughs. Through this challenge, teams have had to design robots that will conduct humanitarian, disaster relief and related operations.

WPI robotics challenge DARPA robot gripper blog“The 3-Finger Adaptive Robot Gripper has been designed to provide flexibility and robustness to automated industrial production processes,” says Samuel Bouchard, President of Robotiq. “To be selected by well renowned research teams from around the world to face this great challenge shows the quality and flexibility of our products. All our company members are very proud of this.”

Teams that have selected the 3-Finger Adaptive end effector from Robotiq are internationally renowned: Schaft, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the National Robotics Engineering Center of Carnegie Mellon University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


Through this challenge the robots will have to achieve various tasks such as: 

  • Drive a utility vehicle
  • Travel dismounted through various terrains
  • Remove debris blocking an entryway
  • Open doors, enter buildings
  • Climb a ship’s ladder style stairs
  • Break through a wall
  • Locate and close a valve
  • Connect fire hoses

The December TRIALS are the second stage of this competition. In these trials, the robots will have to face the difficult tasks listed above. The DARPA organization also wants to establish a baseline for robotic capabilities with this competition. These trials will determine which teams will continue to the final stage of the competition that will take place in December 2014 with one of the final teams winning a two million dollar prize, as well as the prestige of winning the competition.


Before heading down to Florida, the Tartan Rescue Team from Carnegie Mellon University has introduced their robot - CHIMP - to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Following is the interview. 


Here is another video from WPI introducing their robot for the competition. 


In the meantime, take a look at other innovative robotic projects where our Adaptive Gripper is used:

Innovative robotic r&d projects robotiq

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