Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Walking Robot

Found via New Spew, a really neat video of a robotic 4-legged "pack mule" prototype for the military.

"BigDog" can carry about 100 pounds. Great for hauling ammo to the front through dangerous spots, for example.
A nimble, four-legged robot is so surefooted it can recover its balance even after being given a hefty kick. The machine, which moves like a cross between a goat and a pantomime horse, is being developed as a robotic pack mule for the US military.

BigDog is described by its developers Boston Dynamics as “the most advanced quadruped robot on Earth”. The company have released a new video of the robot negotiating steep slopes, crossing rocky ground and dealing with the sharp kick.
Direct link to the video of it walking around is here.

It's kind of cute.

I can't wait until they strap some machine guns on it.


Blogger 2$$G said...

That's freaky! And the longer you watch it, the freakier it gets.
I can see it's got a long, long way to go, though.
But it's amazing nonetheless.

11:35 AM, March 15, 2006  

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