Task 7 – Valve: To show off their robotic dexterity, the competitors will next close a series of valves that control airflow in pipes. The robots will close three valves in any order, and the task will be deemed complete when the air stops flowing through the pipes. Being able to complete this type of task could one day prove useful in disaster situations, when robots are capable of completing tasks that are deemed too risky or dangerous for humans. For instance, DARPA officials have said, robots could have been helpful in the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, which caused radioactive water to leak from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant.
Task 8 – Hose: In their final task the robots will operate a hose. The robots will begin behind a start line, move toward a hose, and then demonstrate the ability to grasp and unreel it. Next, the robots will touch the end of the hose to a separate component, showing they can make physical contact between two objects. Finally, the robots will attach the hose nozzle to the connecting component. There is no requirement on the number of turns necessary to make the connection, but the task will only be deemed complete if the hose end remains in contact with the separate component, unsupported by the robot.
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