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Mar 17, 2008, 04:46 PM
 
http://gizmodo.com/368651/new-video-...ing-its-spooky

Boston Dynamics built this robot - it reminds me of some of the Star Wars bots, only this is real!
(no laser weapons yet, sorry)

BD had a prototype years ago, but it stumbled a bit and looked more like a drunk mule than a spider.
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Mar 17, 2008, 04:47 PM
 
That's the first robot I have been impressed with. Fraking awesome.
     
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Mar 17, 2008, 04:52 PM
 
That is pretty cool, and it does look like an AT-AT.

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From some angles, it looks like two people carrying something between them.

It said it was carrying 340 lbs load. Give it a saddle, that'd be fun to ride.
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Mar 17, 2008, 04:58 PM
 
Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
From some angles, it looks like two people carrying something between them.

It said it was carrying 340 lbs load. Give it a saddle, that'd be fun to ride.
This could be the ride of the future!
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Mar 17, 2008, 05:00 PM
 
Bloody Hades.

But, it's too noisy so I won't be buying one.

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Mar 17, 2008, 05:00 PM
 
The sound the damn thing makes creeps me out.
     
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Mar 17, 2008, 05:17 PM
 
The sound reminds me of a fly, which is kind of what it looks like. A giant mutant wingless robot fly ancestor.

     
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Mar 17, 2008, 05:25 PM
 
The sound is only present when it is not tethered, so it would appear to simply be a small gas generator to provide electricity. Certainly further refinement could provide an alternative energy source, or at the least a less annoying sounding engine.
     
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Mar 17, 2008, 05:33 PM
 
Does it have AI (other than for balancing) or is it just a guy on a remote on the other end telling it what direction to go in?
     
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Mar 17, 2008, 05:58 PM
 
Originally Posted by analogue SPRINKLES View Post
Does it have AI (other than for balancing) or is it just a guy on a remote on the other end telling it what direction to go in?
From Boston Dynamics: The Leader in Lifelike Human Simulation -

BigDog has an on-board computer that controls locomotion, servos the legs and handles a wide variety of sensors. BigDog’s control system manages the dynamics of its behavior to keep it balanced, steer, navigate, and regulate energetics as conditions vary. Sensors for locomotion include joint position, joint force, ground contact, ground load, a laser gyroscope, and a stereo vision system. Other sensors focus on the internal state of BigDog, monitoring the hydraulic pressure, oil temperature, engine temperature, rpm, battery charge and others.
From that, it can steer and navigate itself, and has some form of vision. I would guess that it has a GPS system and takes commands, rather than direct control like a big walking 'dumb' R/C car would.

It is cool and creepy at the same time though.

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Mar 17, 2008, 06:04 PM
 
WOW thats so cool... cant believe how much it behaves like you'd expect a deer to when it stumbles!
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Mar 17, 2008, 06:39 PM
 
Most amazing robot ever.
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Mar 17, 2008, 07:35 PM
 
Just don't hook it up to Skynet.
     
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Mar 17, 2008, 07:59 PM
 
I wasn't all that thrilled until I saw the way it reacts when it stumbles or missteps. Creepy.
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Mar 17, 2008, 08:49 PM
 
Best I've evar seen! Better than those useless jap ones.
     
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Originally Posted by D. S. Troyer View Post
Best I've evar seen! Better than those useless jap ones.
That's a polite way of saying that.
     
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Originally Posted by analogue SPRINKLES View Post
That's a polite way of saying that.
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Mar 17, 2008, 09:24 PM
 
Politeness counts, here as much as anywhere else on the planet. Rudeness, on the other hand, gets you noticed in a bad way...

Now then. The buzzing sound must be a kazillion high-torque motors running really complex gear trains. And that thing has balance! It recovered in a very "organic" way, both when the guy kicked it off balance and when it stumbled. Wow. Just wow. The defense (finding the bad guys, finding the bombs, etc.) and research (how does it keep its balance, and how may that be applied to people with neurological deficits?) is staggering...

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Originally Posted by ghporter View Post
and research (how does it keep its balance, and how may that be applied to people with neurological deficits?) is staggering...
Remember loveless from that crappy Wild Wild West movie?

Beats the hell out of a wheelchair.
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Originally Posted by smacintush View Post
Beats the hell out of a wheelchair.
No kidding, not to mention the possibilities for those with vision problems since this thing can obviously detect objects and whatnot. Imagine being able to plot a route via GPS which could be followed by something capable of avoiding hazards.
     
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Originally Posted by richwig83 View Post
WOW thats so cool... cant believe how much it behaves like you'd expect a deer to when it stumbles!

As did the person who wrote the blog entry, both me and the SO felt, um... uncomfortable seeing the thing get kicked.

Pretty creepy, yet totally awesome.
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Mar 18, 2008, 06:50 AM
 
My wife has banned me from playing that video again, it freaked her out.
     
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that thing is cool.
     
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JAPanese ones. Feel better.
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Politeness counts, here as much as anywhere else on the planet. Rudeness, on the other hand, gets you noticed in a bad way...

Now then. The buzzing sound must be a kazillion high-torque motors running really complex gear trains. And that thing has balance! It recovered in a very "organic" way, both when the guy kicked it off balance and when it stumbled. Wow. Just wow. The defense (finding the bad guys, finding the bombs, etc.) and research (how does it keep its balance, and how may that be applied to people with neurological deficits?) is staggering...
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Mar 18, 2008, 10:45 AM
 
I bet the animals of the forest crapped their pants that day.

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I bet the animals of the forest crapped their pants that day.

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Hmmm. I don't think this is going to end well. It doesn't take a genius to figure out what DARPA wants this for.
     
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Hmmm. I don't think this is going to end well. It doesn't take a genius to figure out what DARPA wants this for.
It's part of their giant cute robotic teddy bears agenda?
     
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Erm, probably not...
     
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It's part of their giant cute robotic teddy bears agenda?
Everyone knows that's the result of some General watching Short Circuit and asking, "Why the hell don't we have one of those?!"
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So when science catches up with sci fi, can we blame the sci fi writers for putting ideas in the military's heads?

Oh and you can put this on the list with AT-ATs, Terminators and Johnny 5


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I'm all for robots that keep soldiers from facing more risk than is absolutely necessary. But I worry about giving robots too much independence because I actually learned the lesson Michael Crichton taught in "Westworld." It's a truism; an axiom: Anything that can go wrong with technology WILL go wrong eventually, including safeguards and failsafes-and those failures will be all the more catastrophic because of how much the designers tried to prevent them. I'd like to think that Asimov's laws would be built into anything that was autonomous enough to be a potential threat, but I doubt enough robotics designers actually care about the three laws... Yes, I'm cynical.

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In not such a long time, global warming, oil depletion and lack of fresh drinkable water are going to seem like benign issues....
     
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what_the_heck is that thing Erik??
     
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Someone never played Doom...

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Yes, many of us old farts feared for our lives when that thing was around.
     
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I was settin' up the bomb in Hitler's bunker on Castle Wolfenstein on my Apple //e. The "HEIL! KOMMEN SIE HIER!" that practically blew out the speaker scared the crap out of me every time.
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Mar 25, 2008, 02:48 PM
 
I see this video with the quadruped and I can't help but think of the Matrix..

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^

This gets nothing? Give it 10 seconds.
     
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Mar 28, 2008, 07:36 PM
 
The swinging part almost made me cry.

So did that kid not recognizing the Spiderbrain. Oh, for a 14.4 modem and Doom 2 for Ultimate Deathmatch....

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Originally Posted by ShortcutToMoncton View Post
The swinging part almost made me cry.

They really nailed the concept of how a robot just won't stop.
     
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^

This gets nothing? Give it 10 seconds.
I missed this before, sorry.

It does have some funny moments, worth a look - the swing and climbing over logs were good.
It's probably very accurate too.
     
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Another new robot, cool but creepy eyes:
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