Will DARPA Amp Up Robotic Power Efficiency By 2000%?

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is finding new and radical ways to meet its new challenging goal. Their new objective is to increase the robotic power efficiency by a whopping 2000% in the coming time. This new goal has been set up shortly after the DARPA launched new robots that can successfully lend a helping hand to people in disasters and natural calamities. The robots were lauded but concerns were raised over the power efficiency of the robots. It was questioned whether DARPA has the ability to back up their main products and make sure that they perform their duties.

Much of the concern has been raised over the present and expected state of power supply constraints in the future. It is expected of DARPA that they end up increasing the power efficiency. Accordingly the Agency has laid out a whole new program for accomplishing this new objective. This program is known as Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) Actuation Program. This program aims at enhancing systematically the efficiency and reliability of mechanisms known as actuation systems. The robotic actuation systems include mechanisms commonly found in robots and robotic devices like robotic arms and moving parts. Thus, the program aims at providing backup to such devices and mechanisms.

In addition to the robotic actuation devices, there are some miscellaneous devices and components that will benefit a lot. For instance, most of the modern-day prosthetic limbs, legs and other surgically-attached parts are controlled largely by the robotic components within them. This means that they will also become more handy and efficient with time. However, while plans have been made, some of the expected targets may be a bit of a stretch. For instance, it has been expected that the DARPA will increase the power efficiency of robots and systems with a 20-fold increase in connections.

This is a really tall order for the Agency to deliver. Some measures and steps have been recommended as to increase the network to a better extent. For instance, the DARPA is considering to use variable transducer components and devices to channel and deliver better and consistent energy supply. Also, with more transmission lines and components, the actuation parts and devices can get a healthy boost. But it is a bit unlikely that DARPA may actually be able to achieve a full target of 20-fold increase in the power efficiency of its robots and robotic parts and systems. Thus, this may be a tough nut to crack.

On the other hand, the plans being made in the earnest by the DARPA are really powered with acute foresight. It may not be for certain that the Agency may be able to achieve the new goal that it has sought to achieve. However, it can be said that the Agency has geared itself up in the right time to face the challenges and hurdles which may come up in the future. So, even if DARPA fails in its goals, it does succeed in making plans for the future and being ready to face new problems.