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ajprice Mar 1, 2013 02:45 AM
Boston Dynamics BigDog walking robot
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BigDog has an arm now, BigDog can throw shit at you now.
BigDog four-legged robot adds an arm, throws for the scouts (video)

#skynet #terminators #gonnakillusall
andi*pandi Mar 1, 2013 04:27 PM
It's really disconcerting how they put the arm where the head should be. Yet throwing that cinder block, it's almost graceful.
turtle777 Mar 2, 2013 01:18 AM
That's some scary shit.

subego Mar 2, 2013 10:20 AM
Tricks from its tiny flying friends:

Quadrocopter Pole Acrobatics - YouTube
lpkmckenna Mar 2, 2013 05:44 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by andi*pandi (Post 4219817)
It's really disconcerting how they put the arm where the head should be.
Think of it as a head, neck, and jaw instead of an arm. If you want nightmares, that is.
olePigeon Mar 5, 2013 03:56 PM
They should rename the project CUJO.
ebuddy Mar 6, 2013 07:18 AM
Sounds like a chainsaw. Amazing balance and ability to climb up snowy hills though... if you have about 3 days per foot of travel.
olePigeon Mar 6, 2013 02:42 PM
Unfortunately it's more expensive than a mule.
subego Mar 6, 2013 02:44 PM
Gas is expensive enough there are loggers who have started using horses again.
The Final Dakar Mar 6, 2013 03:01 PM
That's kinda scary.
andi*pandi Mar 7, 2013 11:00 AM
The horses knew we'd come crawling back.
ajprice Oct 4, 2013 05:55 AM
Skynet, I mean Boston Dynamics, are at it again. This one can run at 16mph...

Introducing WildCat - YouTube
lpkmckenna Oct 4, 2013 06:12 AM
Holy crap.
ajprice Oct 4, 2013 06:26 AM
OK, they've been busy. Testing BigDog in the mountains and in deep snow. And they have a bipedal one now, Atlas, it can walk over rocks and stand on one leg while they hit it with a weight of 20 somethings...

Boston Dynamics puts AlphaDog through more field training, teaches Atlas robot to hike over rocks

As said above, Holy crap.
davidflas Oct 4, 2013 07:43 AM
So, I wonder how long it will be before these robots get tired of being toyed with and slaughter the researchers.... When I was watching the video of the two helicopters throwing and catching the pole, and the narrator was talking about the learning algorithms, I couldn't help but think of the scene in T2 when John Conner enables the T100's learning algorithms..
mindwaves Oct 4, 2013 07:57 AM
Consider me both scared and impressed. If I saw one of those with a gun on his head (if there was a head), I would run for my life.
ajprice Oct 4, 2013 08:03 AM
It's a bit Half Life Houndeye, and a bit Ravage from Transformers.

More like this at the moment

How long until they make this?

They can make this, BigDog, Atlas, this is the mk1 stuff, when they get around to their 'next gen'...

ghporter Oct 4, 2013 09:11 AM
I am very impressed by the BigDog unit's ability to manage dynamic balance. This is a huge problem for amputees, and it seems to be pretty well nailed in BigDog. Even more impressive is Atlas' balance. This is huge!

There are many thousands of amputees using computerized prostheses to get around, and each new generation of prosthetic brings something new and helpful. If they could incorporate the kind of balance algorithms Atlas uses, a double-amputee might be able to walk almost normally without the many months of training for each prosthetic.

The only spooky thing for me is the blue glowy-thing in Atlas' chest. I'm not sure what it is or what it's for, but it's creepy.
andi*pandi Oct 4, 2013 10:06 AM
So very cool.

The people working on this, I bet they don't wake up every day going "ugh, I've got to go to work on that Henderson project. I hate the damn TPO reports."
ajprice Oct 4, 2013 10:42 AM
ajprice Dec 14, 2013 04:56 AM
andi*pandi Dec 16, 2013 05:47 PM
I can't decide whether this is good for the local company, if so yay, or bad... future robot overlords. :/
osiris Dec 17, 2013 09:40 AM
This is all we need - robots that can out-chase us, market the living crap out of us, then run off into the mountains to a secret fortress of solitude to recharge and do god knows what with the data. I wonder how I can get one with some canned heat or a frickin laser.
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