Wanna see what DARPA Bigdog's been up to lately?

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by DriveShaft, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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

    :eek1

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  2. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    That looks like it could come in handy :evil
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  3. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    The first comment on youtube is "kill it before it lays eggs".
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  4. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    Not going to end well...
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  5. 13

    13 __________

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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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  6. rapidoxidationman

    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    It's a lot quieter than it used to be too.

    Creepy.
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  7. subvet

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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. :lol3

    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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  8. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    Can you imagine a pack of these tasked with clearing a bunker? :rofl
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  9. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    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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  10. NZDave

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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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  11. spagthorpe

    spagthorpe Long timer

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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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  13. Tork

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    The throwing of the blocks is to demonstrate its ability to mantain it's
    balance .
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    wannaklr Long timer

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    AMEE is that you?

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  15. DriveShaft

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    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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