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Carnegie Mellon Readies Robot for Competition

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It looks like science fiction, but it's reality.      

A human–sized robot named CHIMP has been created by Carnegie Mellon's University's National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville, and it's getting ready for a big challenge.

CHIMP can turn valves, clear debris, travel rough terrain and even grab a fire hose.

It will compete in a contest run by the group that comes up with new technology for the U.S. military.

The DARPA contest will be held in Miami next week.

As many as 17–robots will compete at the trials, with the finals being next December.