Friday, October 02, 2009

Big Dog

First I was freaked out by this, then I found the robot garnered my sympathy. I was rooting for Big Dog as he traversed the rocks and snow. I felt bad for him when he skittered on the ice.

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17 comments:

(S)wine said...

Boston Dynamics has another creation out and about; a small-ish robot who walks through snow, mud, ice, tundra, deserts, all kinds of terrain. I love Big Dog, especially when he trots or jumps. But in the end, you know BD is developing this for military purposes. Truth be told, I'd be scared shitless shooting at this thing, especially if it carries rocket launchers, RPGs, etc. Anyway, I want one of these as a pet.

Erin O'Brien said...

It was amazing to watch--how I felt bad when the guy kicked it.

WHOA!

Sean Craven said...

I really want one of these so I can camp and hike without a backpack. Stupid, stupid back.

I just wonder how noisy they are.

LimesNow said...

Aw, he is rather endearing once one gets past his resemblance to a fly. It WAS disturbing to watch the man behave so aggressively.

Kirk Jusko said...

I've seen to many sci-fi movies and TV shows about robots and computers developing emotions ever to kick one. Hal, anybody?

Tag said...

#5 is alive Newton Crosby. Input, I need input.

Kirk Jusko said...

That's "too". I should kick myself.

Anonymous said...

Anybody...
We're fucked. Imagine 10 or 20 of these things the size of elephants with weapons.

May The Force be with us.

RJ

LimesNow said...

Kirk, you sure beat hell out of yourself for typos! We know you know "too" from "to" from "two".

Once known as The Badger said...

When they come out with one that digs like a badger...

Erin O'Brien said...

I'm sure the "kick" was a test, but the thing's movements are so damn lifelike--it looks like a recovery because it is. Precisely the point no doubt.

Still .... FREAKY!

Kirk Jusko said...

LimesNow, I live in total fear of spelling Nazis.

LimesNow said...

Yes, I went to Catholic school. I know all about it. I, too, make typos and then think, "Oh, they will think I can't spell." A typo is just a typo. That's my mantra!

Big Mark 243 said...

Add me in with the "won't be as cute after they militarize it" camp. After watching it do its thing for 30 seconds, I kept thinking, "This is how Robocop prolly got started" ...

... oh, I mean HAS GOTTEN started. Coming soon to an interment center near you!

Hal said...

I was amazed watching this, especially how it was able to regain it's footing on ice or snow, and even when kicked.

That noise would drive me crazy after awhile, though.

Erin O'Brien said...

I agree Big Dog is scary, but I can't help but marvel over the technology behind him.

Cyclin' Missy said...

That's freakin amazing! My jaw has literally dropped. Is that the next Mars rover or what? A new vehicle for the handicapped? Snowy mountain rescue unit? So many possibilities.