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Old 03-01-2013, 07:47 PM   #1
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Wanna see what DARPA Bigdog's been up to lately?

It's got jaws now...and it can throw you out of its way.



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Old 03-01-2013, 08:29 PM   #2
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That looks like it could come in handy
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:42 PM   #3
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:19 PM   #4
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:59 AM   #5
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That thing is creepy.

So some nerd thinks its cool to have a robot that throws bricks and then boom... Robot apocalypse.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:46 AM   #6
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It's a lot quieter than it used to be too.

Creepy.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:22 AM   #7
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I caught that on the BBC site on my Droid last night. pretty cool stuff brought to you by the mad scientists at DARPA.

amazing the names that are out there for good ol' cinder blocks. The Brits call them "Breeze blocks" They call em' Bricko blocks down here in middle TN.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:39 AM   #8
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That thing is creepy.

So some nerd thinks its cool to have a robot that throws bricks and then boom... Robot apocalypse.
Can you imagine a pack of these tasked with clearing a bunker?
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:24 PM   #9
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It's a lot quieter than it used to be too.

Creepy.
When it is on tether it is quieter. Otherwise it has an engine to power it and IIRC it is a 2 stroke, so not quiet.

That is the big issue with these things; how to power them in the field.
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:25 PM   #10
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I remember one of the comments on the first Bigdog vid was along the lines of pandoras box being opened.

As for powering it in the field wouldnt a smallish 4 stroke motor work?
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:17 AM   #11
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Doesn't really matter, as all you're running is a generator. It's not going to get any of it's drive off the engine, just needs juice for the motors and electronics. I'm sure someone has already thought about a small nuclear source that could power it for months or years.
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The throwing of the blocks is to demonstrate its ability to mantain it's
balance .
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:33 PM   #14
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:55 PM   #15
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The throwing of the blocks is to demonstrate its ability to mantain it's
balance .
watching it say upright while some guy kicks it is a demonstration of maintaining balance, which we saw years ago.... This was showing it performing complex, highly-coordinated, full-body dynamic maneuvers.

What'll be interesting now is if they can reliably place the thrown object in the center of a target.

Seriously...decades from now, I can definitely see this evolving to become the ground force version of the drone program.
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