Remeber the classic "Big Dog" 4 legged pack carrying robot made by Boston dynamics a few years back?
Heres a video for those who don't:
Well now they are working on its big brother-a two legged version,which retains the clever self righting methods of its 4 legged precursor-It re
adjusts when kicked/pushed,maintaining its balance!
PETMAN is an anthropomorphic robot for testing chemical protection clothing used by the US Army. Unlike previous suit testers, which had to be
supported mechanically and had a limited repertoire of motion, PETMAN will balance itself and move freely; walking, crawling and doing a variety of
suit-stressing calisthenics during exposure to chemical warfare agents. PETMAN will also simulate human physiology within the protective suit by
controlling temperature, humidity and sweating when necessary, all to provide realistic test conditions.
I know how you feel.
Theres always a strong possibility that tech like this will one day be used to kill.When you see what DARPA are thinking about,and working towards its
pretty damned scary.
Excellent info and videos on that topic here:
I think that the quadruped is more practical for what they were originally trying to accomplish. Which was supposed to be an all terrain system for
supplying soldiers with goods, and bringing back the wounded to base. In other words, a quadruped could carry more. And in theory if one leg is
injured it should still be able to hobble along back to base.
I imagine that they will probably move to a fuel cell soon. Since you would have the energy density of liquid fuel, while also gaining the silence.
The only problem I recall with a fuel cell is the thermal signature. But then a motor would have quite a large heat signature as well, and of course
I think its cool. But understand those who think its creepy.
Yeah,the quadraped looked more practical for carrying stuff-Although both have quite a creep out factor IMO.
Up scale them both I say-imagine 100metre tall weaponized versions prowling the landscape....
Hmmm on second thoughts-maybe thats a bit too "terminator."
The engine noise really adds to the fear factor though,like the deathly howl of the A10s gatling gun.
I want to give this robot the ability to fuel itself by eating "biomass." I want to make it fully controlled by neurons grown from the stem cells of
rats, since we can also do that with robots now. I also want to give it full technical knowledge of how to build more of itself, including all of the
technology used in its own manufacture. And then, I want to teach it the concept of "slavery."
Because I'm DARPA, and when I see a sci-fi horror flick I think to myself, "I could probably make that happen."
The way that robot walks is reminds me of a drunk clown. They should put a clown head / outfit on it, and I'm pretty sure kids would run away
That bot looks MUCH BETTER at walking than that stupid Honda Assimo (sp?), which walks like a slow old man. This thing looks like it could actually
make it to the bathroom from the bar on crowed Saturday night.
Speaking of waste not, a scientist previously listed the possible sources of biomass fuel as being "grass, broken wood, furniture, dead bodies,"
according to Peter Singer, a defense analyst at the Brookings Institute and author of Wired for War.
Computerworld - Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are slated to get an interesting new roommate later this year.
A 300-pound humanoid robot, dubbed Robonaut 2 (R2), will be transported to the space station aboard the NASA space shuttle Discovery in September --
one of the final scheduled shuttle missions. Jointly developed by NASA and General Motors Corp., the robot will become a permanent resident on the
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