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Big Dog
by possibly noteworthy at 7:32 am EDT, Mar 19, 2008

Boston Dynamics has just released a brand new video of their DARPA-funded Big Dog robot. Big Dog, the older brother of the Little Dog robot we covered a while back, is meant to be a "pack mule" for soldiers some day. Behind Big Dog is some pretty cool force-controlled technology. With its quadruped gait it can regain balance if it's kicked, handle rough terrain like rocks, and climb inclines up to 35 deg.

In this new video, in addition to some footage from previous videos, you can see it handling slippery ice, slopes in deep snow, and demoing its new walking gait. About halfway through is the ice part -- this thing is better than I am at regaining balance. There's also a demo of it carrying a 340 lb load, much heavier than it has managed in the past. And I LOVE the hopping/jumping at the end.

One warning, you might want to turn off your sound, since as awesome as this guy is, the gas engine is very loud and very annoying.

(Text from IEEE)

YouTube - Boston Dynamics Big Dog (new video March 2008)
by Neoteric at 12:52 am EDT, May 5, 2008

omfg the robot future has arrived! Sh0utZ to the typists at BD

Hillarious spoof at


Boston Dynamics Big Dog
by Rattle at 4:12 pm EDT, May 5, 2008

This is truly amazing. Timball showed this to me last night... All I could think of were our future robot masters, who will force us to worship the machine gods, or devour us and turn our flesh into electrical energy. I can make out this fuzzy future with shocking clarity while watching this video.

After you watch this, be sure to watch the spoof. All class-a stuff...

Boston Dynamics Big Dog
by Elonka at 10:37 am EDT, Aug 2, 2008

Wow. Stunning robotics. I want the LEGO version!

Wikipedia article here.

And for more fun, watch a spoof of the above...

Elonka :)

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