Watch This Robodog Throw Concrete Blocks Like Toys

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I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

Today, a clumsy robo-mule

Tomorrow, METAL GEAR!

Next, AT-ATs! Then of course, we'll have to make snowspeeders.

If I don't live to see the day where this kind of machine is competing in Robot Wars, then I will die unfulfilled.

Does anybody remember being forced to read Fahrenheit 451 back in grade school?

You know that creepy robo-dog thing with the paralyzing-serum syringes for a mouth?

That was the first thing I though of when I saw this.

It's only a matter of time.

It's the name of the company that scares me the most.

Boston Dynamics

It's so bloody cyberpunk, isn't it?

Is this... real "Dogmentation"? On a more serious note, that thing is fucking terrifying. I was shown BigDog by a friend a few days ago and I thought it was pretty cool. Now it's just scary :(

Instead of making arms for robo-dogs, I think we should worry more about making robo-legs for regular dogs. It's much more adorable that way, and there seems to be an overabundance of three-legged dogs out there who would like a little more respect.

Well, it's good that it no longer sounds like ten thousand chainsaws being revved simultaneously but those big ass wire harnesses that are dangling from the ceiling and keeping it from falling over do not bode well for it's stability while using the arm. Baby steps, I guess.

"Looks like you ran over someones' dog, Sarge" "That's not a dog, Lester, it's a smaller type of...OH GOD MOVE! ROCK INCOMING!"

Tradjus:
Well, it's good that it no longer sounds like ten thousand chainsaws being revved simultaneously but those big ass wire harnesses that are dangling from the ceiling and keeping it from falling over do not bode well for it's stability while using the arm. Baby steps, I guess.

That buzzing was actually a small gas powered generator, to power the robot. In the lab they just plug it in to the grid, no motor needed. Those are the cables you see.

And while it's plugged in, it parses CIA encryptions and gains access to our nuclear missiles.

Froggy Slayer:
It's the name of the company that scares me the most.

Boston Dynamics

It's so bloody cyberpunk, isn't it?

I seriously hope that's part of their mission statement.

"Here at Boston Dynamics, we grew up experiencing the best that cyberpunk fiction had to offer.
It's our goal to make our dreams of cyberpunk fiction, into cyberpunk fact."

Sure it can pick up and awkwardly throw concrete bricks, but can it love?

I would have laughed if that thing would have thrown the brick and then not been able to withstand the urge to go chase it as well xD

luvd1:
Awwww. Who's a good doggie? Your good doggie! You are! You are a very good doggie.

*you try to pet it, it bites you*

good doggie..

Aww, the audio screwed up. This is clearly what was supposed to be playing as the covering music:

According to Boston Dynamics, BigDog "runs at 4mph, climbs slopes up to 35 degrees, walks across rubble, climbs a muddy hiking trail, walks in snow and water, and carries a 340 lb load. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead it's smashed some bricks."

That's mostly accurate.

doggie015:
And it's stupidly organic as well! It's almost as though a real animal is throwing it's weight into throwing those concrete blocks around! I'm not sure if I should be amazed or terrified.

they probably are trying to copy real animals movements when programing its movements. at first i though its picking it up and trying to adjust weight but it just kept dancing, obviously trying to learn coping with new weight, which is quite.... smart?

So what we need is a small reactor inside it now and it does not need external power, then folks beware the Big Dog is coming to take your construction work away. more angry assembly line workers.

I didn't think it was possible but they made that thing even more creepy. Massively impressive but I get the hooboo jeebees every time I see a video of that thing.

But the real question is: can it moo?

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