Friday, January 04, 2013

Robotic pack animal can carry a 400 pound load and follow a human through the woods

Image of robotic pack animal

The folks at Boston Dynamics are still working on semi-autonomous walking robots. You may recall my post about their BigDog robot back in 2008. The pack-robot shown here is known as the "LS3". The idea was to create a semi-autonomous legged robot to carry heavy loads -- gear for soldiers in this case. This robot is able to carry 400 lbs of a equipment, follow a human through some pretty rugged terrain, and accept voice commands. The most remarkable section comes at the end of the video when the robot takes a fall down a steep bank. It rolls over and eventually stands back up!

You can read more in this article from The Daily Mail published a few days ago.

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Anonymous John Hutchinson said...

I almost felt sorry for the little guy. Pardon my French, but it seems to stop to pee on a tree at 1:48.

January 5, 2013 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Will Granger said...

Wow, I think Skynet may be becoming real!

January 5, 2013 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Manuel said...

Yeah kind of scary, however when you think of the potential peaceful uses like intelligent prosthetic devices I think the possibilities are endless

January 7, 2013 at 6:06 PM  

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