Military builds wild galloping robot

Military builds wild galloping robot

By Megan Gannon
Published October 07, 2013
LiveScience
 
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Robot makers at Boston Dynamics have unveiled their latest military-funded creation: a four-legged machine called WildCat that bounds and gallops across the ground in an uncannily animal-like way.

A new video shows off the robot's ability to run to at 16 mph (25 km/h) on flat surfaces. Boston Dynamics has not released much new information on their new bot, but a caption on the company's YouTube page says WildCat will eventually be able to run quickly over all types of terrain.

WildCat is a free-running version of one of Boston Dynamics' earlier quadruped creations called Cheetah, a frighteningly fast robot that could sprint, on a treadmill at least, up to 28.3 mph. That's 0.5 mph faster than Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man. Though WildCat is slower than its predecessor for now, it is does not need to be tethered to a treadmill to strut its stuff.

The new robot is being developed as part of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Maximum Mobility and Manipulation, or M3, program, which seeks to overcome the current limitations that ground robots face in terms of agility. The hope is that if these robots become more mobile and flexible, they can be much more effective at assisting human soldiers on the ground in a wide range of missions.

Boston Dynamics has also built a four-legged, headless"LS3" robotic mule that can carry up to 400 pounds (181 kg) of equipment for soldiers on a 20-mile-long trek without refueling. That robotic packhorse was created as a quieter, faster and tougher version of the DARPA-funded "BigDog" robot made famous in viral videos showing it trudging through the woods and snow and staying upright even after being kicked by a person.

MMMhhhmmm

No this won't hunt us down like animals and kill us in the near dystopian future.

Nope, no way some AI won't become self aware and turn on us.

We are totally safe!

Dam, imagine that thing coming right at you all fast and galloping and shit

yea, and fully armed!

Nucky -
thedogofdogs - 


Military builds wild galloping robot



By Megan Gannon

Published October 07, 2013

LiveScience


 


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I welcome r new Robotic Overlords.



Aint this house Irobot starts.

Exactly house Phone Post 3.0

Don't worry, you'd hear that thing coming A MILE AWAY.

How about an electric motor next time, nerds.

BadRed - Don't worry, you'd hear that thing coming A MILE AWAY.

How about an electric motor next time, nerds.

Yeah, that 2 stroke isn't quiet. Try stopping it then!!!

Probably can't lol, it will be armored and weaponized

Have you seen their other one?

THIS WORLD IS FUCKED.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1czBcnX1Ww

Link to the world's end^

Once they combine the 2, and some genius programmer gets mad at the world, we fucked.

bjjkwong - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1czBcnX1Ww

Link to the world's end^

Once they combine the 2, and some genius programmer gets mad at the world, we fucked.

Please stop, I don't need to worry about anything else right now.

Where's the fleshlight on that thing? Phone Post 3.0

BadRed - 
bjjkwong - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1czBcnX1Ww

Link to the world's end^

Once they combine the 2, and some genius programmer gets mad at the world, we fucked.

Please stop, I don't need to worry about anything else right now.


That's the same thing ... both the galloping one and the dog in the video are made by Boston Dynamics.  I don't know why it took them 5 years make it run faster.



 



Voltron is real!



 



Phone Post

bjjkwong - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1czBcnX1Ww

Link to the world's end^

Once they combine the 2, and some genius programmer gets mad at the world, we fucked.

FWIW, that video is 5 years old.

Here's a more advanced version of the same program:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNUeSUXOc-w

Someone will invent a robotic mouse that will distract it, allowing one to escape

clattymine - 
BadRed - 
bjjkwong - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1czBcnX1Ww

Link to the world's end^

Once they combine the 2, and some genius programmer gets mad at the world, we fucked.

Please stop, I don't need to worry about anything else right now.


That's the same thing ... both the galloping one and the dog in the video are made by Boston Dynamics.  I don't know why it took them 5 years make it run faster.



 



Voltron is real!



 




Not quite. The Alpha Dog is the new version of the Big Dog. It's the LS3 program, and it's designed for power/range/hauling capacity.

The WildCat is the new version of the Cheetah, which is smaller and designed for speed. Here's a lab test of the cheetah running faster than Usain Bolt:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5C0Ya51DTM

PatK - Someone will invent a robotic mouse that will distract it, allowing one to escape

Meet the Sand Flea (by the same company):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b4ZZQkcNEo

These are all DARPA projects.

Skynet is online Phone Post 3.0

bjjkwong - 
BadRed - Don't worry, you'd hear that thing coming A MILE AWAY.

How about an electric motor next time, nerds.

Yeah, that 2 stroke isn't quiet. Try stopping it then!!!

Probably can't lol, it will be armored and weaponized

Have you seen their other one?

THIS WORLD IS FUCKED.

The only purpose the sound serves is so that us meatbags can soil ourselves as the dark horse approaches.

Ridgeback - 


My guess is the Taliban figures out how to shoot the engines and break these overpriced machines easily.  


My guess is this prototype will look a lot more like a tank by the time it's weaponized and deployed, and won't have glaring weak spots like the prototype.