Disaster-response robot hopes to go where humans can’t

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WEBSTER, TX – Yesterday’s science fiction is today’s reality. Meet Hercules, a $2 million humanoid robot who is just starting to learn the skills it takes to get a dangerous job done.

Hercules is in the hands of Houston based robotics company TracLabs, which has advanced to the second round of a competition setup by the defense department. The focus of the challenge is to program a better robot; one that could one day be used in disaster response scenarios.

Hercules is taking baby steps right now, but with TracLabs help, this friendly robot could be taking on some greater responsibilities in the future. The company is busy programing Hercules for the next phase of the competition in late December of this year, but if you want to get to know this super robot for yourself there’s an app for that! You can download the free app from the Apple Store or Google Play, just search for TracLabs Atlas Robot Animator and you too can experience the future, today!