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osiris Mar 17, 2008 04:46 PM
Cool quadruped robot
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.
Enjoy.
 
analogue SPRINKLES Mar 17, 2008 04:47 PM
That's the first robot I have been impressed with. Fraking awesome.
 
Big Mac Mar 17, 2008 04:52 PM
That is pretty cool, and it does look like an AT-AT.
 
olePigeon Mar 17, 2008 04:53 PM
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. :D
 
osiris Mar 17, 2008 04:58 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by olePigeon (Post 3623120)
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. :D
This could be the ride of the future!
Entire cities will need to be rebuilt... (vague Segway reference)
 
RAILhead Mar 17, 2008 05:00 PM
Bloody Hades.

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

/got nothin'
 
analogue SPRINKLES Mar 17, 2008 05:00 PM
The sound the damn thing makes creeps me out.
 
Eug 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.

http://pcmedia.gamespy.com/pc/image/...358271-000.jpg
 
Teronzhul 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.
 
analogue SPRINKLES 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?
 
ajprice Mar 17, 2008 05:58 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by analogue SPRINKLES (Post 3623149)
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 -

Quote
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.
 
richwig83 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!
 
mindwaves Mar 17, 2008 06:39 PM
Most amazing robot ever.
 
Railroader Mar 17, 2008 07:35 PM
Just don't hook it up to Skynet.
 
smacintush 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.
 
starman Mar 17, 2008 08:00 PM
 
D. S. Troyer Mar 17, 2008 08:49 PM
Best I've evar seen! Better than those useless jap ones.
 
analogue SPRINKLES Mar 17, 2008 08:52 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by D. S. Troyer (Post 3623255)
Best I've evar seen! Better than those useless jap ones.
That's a polite way of saying that. :hmm:
 
D. S. Troyer Mar 17, 2008 08:55 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by analogue SPRINKLES (Post 3623257)
That's a polite way of saying that. :hmm:
JAPanese ones. Feel better.
 
ghporter 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...
 
smacintush Mar 17, 2008 09:38 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by ghporter (Post 3623282)
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.
 
Cipher13 Mar 18, 2008 05:51 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by smacintush (Post 3623287)
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.
 
subego Mar 18, 2008 06:11 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by richwig83 (Post 3623167)
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.
 
moonmonkey Mar 18, 2008 06:50 AM
My wife has banned me from playing that video again, it freaked her out.
 
brassplayersrock² Mar 18, 2008 09:00 AM
that thing is cool.
 
osiris Mar 18, 2008 09:19 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by D. S. Troyer (Post 3623262)
JAPanese ones. Feel better.
You are a jackass. reported.
 
brassplayersrock² Mar 18, 2008 09:46 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by ghporter (Post 3623282)
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...
Quote, Originally Posted by osiris (Post 3623447)
You are a jackass. reported.
I think he already got the memo
 
zro Mar 18, 2008 10:45 AM
I bet the animals of the forest crapped their pants that day.

Now these guys need to get to working on Mr. Fusion.
 
D. S. Troyer Mar 18, 2008 03:28 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by osiris (Post 3623447)
You are a jackass. reported.
Pot/kettle, Reported.
 
starman Mar 18, 2008 03:58 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by zro (Post 3623486)
I bet the animals of the forest crapped their pants that day.

Now these guys need to get to working on Mr. Fusion.
Ha, right! :D I didn't think of that.

BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Z!
 
olePigeon Mar 24, 2008 03:25 PM
"Eat recycled food. It's great for the environment, and OK for you."
 
peeb Mar 24, 2008 04:33 PM
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.
 
Uncle Skeleton Mar 24, 2008 05:15 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by peeb (Post 3627269)
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?
 
peeb Mar 24, 2008 05:23 PM
Erm, probably not...
 
olePigeon Mar 24, 2008 05:47 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Uncle Skeleton (Post 3627288)
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?!"
 
ajprice Mar 24, 2008 06:54 PM
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

http://monsterhouse.cottages.polycou...notroncard.jpg
 
ghporter Mar 24, 2008 07:10 PM
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.

I worked on a communications system a long time ago. It had nice little flow charts for how to figure out what card to swap when something failed. Problem: if the designers didn't think a part could fail, then there was no path to that part when it did fail. Good for me in that it challenged my abilities and let me show that a human is better at troubleshooting than a computer. Bad for the people depending on the system when someone like me wasn't there to find and fix the problem. You MUST have control of any dangerous machine, whether it's a bulldozer or a robot with a shotgun. And I'm worried about this as a real problem.
 
villalobos Mar 24, 2008 10:55 PM
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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brassplayersrock² Mar 25, 2008 03:36 AM
what_the_heck is that thing Erik??
 
- - e r i k - - Mar 25, 2008 05:31 AM
Someone never played Doom...

Young whippersnapper!
 
osiris Mar 25, 2008 09:28 AM
Yes, many of us old farts feared for our lives when that thing was around.
 
olePigeon Mar 25, 2008 11:53 AM
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.
 
powerbook867 Mar 25, 2008 02:48 PM
I see this video with the quadruped and I can't help but think of the Matrix..

YouTube - ABB FlexPicker Robots
 
subego Mar 27, 2008 12:06 PM
 
subego Mar 28, 2008 07:03 PM
^

This gets nothing? Give it 10 seconds.
 
ShortcutToMoncton 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.... :D

greg
 
subego Mar 28, 2008 07:51 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by ShortcutToMoncton (Post 3630118)
The swinging part almost made me cry.

They really nailed the concept of how a robot just won't stop.
 
osiris Mar 28, 2008 07:53 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by subego (Post 3630114)
^

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. :thumbsup:
 
osiris Apr 3, 2008 11:04 AM
Another new robot, cool but creepy eyes:
Overview
 
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