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Video of Big Dog robot

Boston Dynamics’ DARPA funded robot. Watch how it regains balance after being kicked and on slippery ice patches. Stunning! Via Gizmodo

Comments

  1. #1 David Lee
    March 17, 2008

    That’s some dog. Amazing. I suppose it’s even useful right now with that payload. Lots of situations where you’d care if it’s noisy.

    Good post.

  2. #2 Itsmefrom here
    March 18, 2008

    I’m seeing visions of Sarah Connor Chronicles here. Amazing AI to handle the ice and snow etc. I’m sure a quiet motor and some possible weapons are in the future then we can turn the dogs of war loose in Afgan and Irag… Maybe air drop a few on N. Calif while we are at it. 😉

  3. #3 Corey
    March 19, 2008

    Does anybody else feel some uncanny valley from this? Thing kind of creeps me out.

  4. #4 Claire
    March 20, 2008

    OMG. I almost feel sorry for it when it slips! I can’t shake the anthropomorphic impulse here.

    It’s like a headless dog walking forwards and backwards at the same time-

    Creepy and too cool.

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