Boston Dynamics has created a robotic four legged pack horse named Big Dog. The Pentagon has given them $10 million in funding. I especially like how it recovers when they give it a big kick.

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bryan kennedy's picture

This thing is cool! I mean it is a shame that it will be most likely be transporting ammo onto the battle field, but that's another issue. It really looks like some sort of weird performance dance troupe at first. Two people with their torsos tucked into the central bit. But then you realize that leg's don't bend that way. Strange and really cool.

posted on Wed, 07/18/2007 - 9:25am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

My impression of a robotic pack horse:
ahem

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaa-
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAohgodAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaa-
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAA-
AAAAAAAAIaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaa!

I kept getting the feeling that it was walking backwards, and that it hated puddles.
Also, is it just me, or is it kind of funny that it has furry legs? I suppose it would.

posted on Wed, 07/18/2007 - 10:54am
mdr's picture
mdr says:

Talk about Science "Buzz"! That dang thing needs a muffler.

posted on Wed, 07/18/2007 - 11:25am
Amanda Luker's picture
Amanda Luker says:

This thing frightens me. A lot. The fact that both "knees" bend inward makes me think it was once two people, but they underwent reverse Siamese-Twin-separation surgery. When it goes in circles it looks like the two bodies are fighting over which direction to go. Or maybe one side wants to go to war and the other is a pacifist.

posted on Wed, 07/18/2007 - 2:32pm
L's picture
L says:

Wow. That was a really cool video. I wish i could see it in real life.

posted on Thu, 07/19/2007 - 11:08am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It's a cool idea, but it looks like two anorexic models wearing platform shoes are tucked into the torso with their skinny little legs hanging out. And they need to do something about the annoying buzzing noise.

posted on Tue, 07/08/2008 - 6:30pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

some men just like that it's a guy thing youll never understand

posted on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 8:45am
horsyhollygirl's picture
horsyhollygirl says:

umm...
SCARY!
lol! i love horses and so i typed horse in and it came up with this... and now im scared... it does look like two peoples legs and the buzzing is annoying... but thats just freaky! and... cool! but... freaky!

`HorsyHollyGirl

posted on Tue, 08/12/2008 - 8:34pm

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