US Army Big Dog robot still evolving going strong - new video

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US Army Big Dog robot still evolving going strong - new video

A few years back a video of a strange four legged robot emerged that raised a heap of interest, it was so stable a platform that even kicking it didn't stop it. Well Big Dog is back, and its evolving.

Big Dog—which is being developed by robotics company Boston Dynamics—has some of the most advanced artificial intelligence and navigation systems in the planet. In fact, US Army officials are stunned by its programmed behaviors, which make Big Dog extremely helpful in the battlefield.

Big Dog can run along soldiers, walk slowly, or lay down to be loaded or unloaded, all while being aware of the terrain around it.

No matter what happens, or how hard it's hit, the robot maintains its course like Captain America, but without falling on the ground under any circumstances.

The only way to get him off its path is by a major direct hit, which could mean a rocket or President Obama's defense cuts—although, since it is low cost and not a Cold War-era weapon, it probably will survive the crisis.

Text from http://i.gizmodo.com/516086...




Here it is again from an earlier video, watch big dog get kicked at 42 seconds.



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By netchicken: posted on 27-2-2009

As long as this tech helps the ever-evolving robotics world, I'm all for it. We need to keep our technology moving in new directions and possibilities.
By mg.mikael: posted on 14-3-2009

Looks like robotic horses aren't so far away after all. And to think I just bought a new car... (not really, it's not new and I bought it 2.5 years ago)
By peregrine: posted on 7-7-2009

Big dog is back, this time running at 5 mph. Still sounds like an angry bee however. newer video near the end





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By netchicken: posted on 24-4-2010








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