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Old 03-31-2008, 11:25 PM   #1
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BigDog from Boston Dynamics - Amazing Technology

I imagine this is relatively old news now, if it's on the web (I'm sure the Military version must be further along), but saw this on a newsletter I get and thought the technology was incredible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1czB...eature=related (video w/f/s - comments may not be, though)

Quadrupedal robot (I imagine remote controlled) that dynamically balances itself and moves over tough terrain, snow, ice, rock, etc.

Stuff like this makes me freakin giddy, and wish I was one of those blessed geniuses who got to develop it.

It's still a little loud, due to the gas motor, but one can only begin to think of the real world applications -- carrying gear, searching dangerous buildings (slap some armor onto it maybe?), searching wreckage, carrying wounded/lazy/obese people

The legs scare me, but still so awesome.
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Old 04-01-2008, 05:04 AM   #2
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Re: BigDog from Boston Dynamics - Amazing Technology

Definitely cool, especially impressed with how it can regain it's balance when pushed
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Old 04-01-2008, 06:53 AM   #3
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Re: BigDog from Boston Dynamics - Amazing Technology

I sit next to a guy who's done work with that puppy. It is pretty dang neat, there's a ton of technology to make something like that happen. We take for granted a lot of things (for example, close your eyes, and move your arm in some random direction, you know exactly where your arm is due to proprioception, but robots don't). Actually, there's a rare condition where some people don't have proprioception, they have to physically see what they are doing at all times or they'll fall over. They could be standing in a room, and if you turned off the lights, they'll crumble to the floor.
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Old 04-01-2008, 05:41 PM   #4
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Re: BigDog from Boston Dynamics - Amazing Technology

Just read your article in the April CFJ, Matt and saw that you do some stuff with robotics -- super cool

I imagine some of those folks missing limbs and phantom pains/sensations have some serious appreciation for the kind of technology that goes into the workings of something like this as well.
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Old 04-02-2008, 08:01 AM   #5
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Re: BigDog from Boston Dynamics - Amazing Technology

The reactions to slipping are incredible. Nuff said.
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Old 04-02-2008, 01:29 PM   #6
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Re: BigDog from Boston Dynamics - Amazing Technology

As with anything, if you guys really like it, get involved, ask the company about it, and if you're in the military (whom I understand this is being funded by), ask through your chain of command to generate requests for technology like that.
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Old 04-02-2008, 01:59 PM   #7
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Re: BigDog from Boston Dynamics - Amazing Technology

This is the newest prototype...you should see what the 1st version is like before watching this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXJZVZFRFJc (wfs)
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Old 04-02-2008, 06:22 PM   #8
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Re: BigDog from Boston Dynamics - Amazing Technology

Hehe, saw that one too yesterday, Brooks. It took me way too long to realize it wasn't actually the robot, lol.
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Old 04-02-2008, 07:12 PM   #9
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Re: BigDog from Boston Dynamics - Amazing Technology

That is unreal. Being able to regain its balance like that!!!! Wow...

So much for the element of surprise though.
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:47 PM   #10
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Re: BigDog from Boston Dynamics - Amazing Technology

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That is unreal. Being able to regain its balance like that!!!! Wow...

So much for the element of surprise though.
It's not like you'd be much quieter using a cranky mule or a tank instead
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