DRC-Hubo+ is a versatile humanoid that won first place at the DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2015. The robot can use tools, open doors, and even drive a vehicle. But its best trick is transforming itself from a walking biped to a wheeled machine.
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DRC-Hubo+ participated in the torch relay of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the first non-human to ever do so.
DRC-Hubo was a versatile humanoid robot built a team of South Korean researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) led by Professor Jun Ho Oh. In 2015, Team KAIST emerged as the winner of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) in Pomona, Calif., after DRC-Hubo beat out 22 other robots from five different countries, winning the US $2 million grand prize. Based on KAIST's humanoid platform, DRC-Hubo's "transformer" ability to switch back and forth from a walking biped to a wheeled machine proved key to its victory. Many robots lost their balance and collapsed to the ground while trying to perform tasks such as opening a door or operating a drill. Not DRC-Hubo. Its unique design allowed it to perform tasks faster and, perhaps more important, stay on its feet—and wheels.