Philadelphia-based Humanistic Robotics Inc.'s potentially life-saving technology was on display last week at the U.S. military Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's prestigious competition, where the local company's kill switch was ready to stop the human-sized robots in their tracks.
All the robots at DARPA's Robotics Challenge in California were equipped with HRI's wireless e-stop technology, which DARPA bought from the Philly company in December.
With a push of a button, the e-stop immobilized the experimental robots, some standing more than 6-feet tall. The prevention tool keeps the machines under the authority of humans.
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