Natural Selection

Imagine the next step.

Into the abyss with perception, mobility, dexterity, endurance and strength beyond man. And something else. An autonomy and decision-making ability that breaks with everything that went before.

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The next evolution in the history of man is here. CHIMP.

Robotic helpmate. Disaster hero. Stunt double. Intelligent agent. And a revolutionary humanoid companion with opposable thumbs.

CHIMP changes everything. Two thumbs up.

It's a jungle out there.

The human struggle against the forces of nature, man-made disasters, and the changing and challenging environments that confront us every day demand a solution.

During the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident, robots weren’t able to inspect the facility, assess damage and fix problems. CHIMP will change this.

Imagine a robot so intelligent, autonomous, resourceful and rugged that disaster sites pose little threat, hazards can be systematically overcome, and chemical and radiation are nonfactors.

Meeting the challenge.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is sponsoring the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) to jump-start development of robots that can respond to disasters.

Robots competing in the DRC are designed to work in dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environments. They must open doors, turn valves and connect a hose. They must use hand tools to cut through a panel. They must drive a vehicle, clear debris and climb a stair ladder. It’s all part of a disaster response scenario that the robots must complete during the challenge.

CHIMP (the CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform) placed third in a field of sixteen teams in the DRC Trials, scoring 18 out of a possible 32 points and qualifying for additional DARPA funding.

CHIMP is now in development to compete in the DRC Finals in December 2014.

Imagine The Possibilities

Some tasks are relatively easy for humans, but extremely difficult for robots. Performing them requires significant advances in perception, supervised autonomy, decision-making, mobility, dexterity, strength and endurance.

Beyond disaster response, the application of CHIMP’s potential is limited only by the human imagination.

DRIVE A CAR
CLIMB A LADDER
TURN A WHEEL
CLOSE A VALVE
New robotic applications where human labor is cost-prohibitive or exposed to safety hazard.
Plant Operations, Maintenance and Inspection   |  Disaster Recovery   |  Construction
CLEAR A DOORWAY
OPEN A CAN
USE A DRILL
WIELD A HAMMER
MAP A ROOM
Increased safety and productivity of remote equipment due to increased situation awareness provided by latency-corrected 3D displays.
ROVs   |  Ground Robots   |  Mining Equipment
SPOT A RUPTURE
FIGHT A FIRE
PUSH A CART
GRASP A STRAW
SAVE A LIFE
Adaptive, dexterous manipulation and two coordinated manipulators.
Parts Picking   |  Small Part Assembly   |  Manufacturing   |  Maintenance

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Tools, doorways and stairs are designed for human movements. Valves, levers, switches and controls are engineered for human intelligence.

That’s why CHIMP is designed and engineered to move and think &emdash; not like a human, but better.

The functionality of CHIMP’s extremities and the intelligence of CHIMP’s circuitry transforms the way robots engage with changing environments, performing assignments with more autonomy than ever before.

Team

Origin of the Species

The code and creativity developed for CHIMP is the natural evolution of robotic potential.

There is literally nothing like CHIMP.

Developed from the ground up by the world’s top roboticists, CHIMP is a generation of one and a new template for highly intelligent mobile robots.

Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University
 
Carnegie Mellon: The Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon:
The Robotics Institute
National Robotics Engineering Center
National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)

Sponsorship

Are you the missing link?

Become part of the team. For the evolution to continue, investors and sponsors are vital.

CHIMP’s team is 50 members strong, drawing from NREC technical staff, as well as faculty, staff and students from The Robotics Institute. A core group of about 10 people work full-time on the project.

But they need your help. Invest in world-changing technology, and be a part of the next evolution of humankind.

You need CHIMP.
CHIMP needs you.

Want To Monkey Around?

Reach out. Tell us what you can do to help us create the next generation of robotics technology.

Contact Us

CHIMP
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625 Liberty Avenue, 24th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

(412) 642-7700
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info@chimprobot.com

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