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Date: 03/17/08 01:23 PM

85 Responses to Big Dog the Military Robot

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    March 17, 2008 at 1:15 pm
    Link: Big Dog the Military Robot - Boston Dynamics just released this video of the Big Dog military robot on ice, snow and demoed its walking gait.
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    LoofahBoy Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 1:28 pm
    ...that is disturbing!! What if it escapes into the wild? They`d think a demon was running loose. Still pretty impressive.

    It really reminds me of the metal gears from the upcoming MGS4.

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    Sadiee Female 13-17
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    March 17, 2008 at 1:28 pm
    I saw another video of this thing, couple of years ago, it`s a pretty clever thing :]
    I wonder if you can ride around on it`s back?
    :D
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    defendors87 Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 1:29 pm
    seen it. that`s creepier than the gnome in argentina.
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    LoofahBoy Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 1:31 pm
    Holy crap, I`m watching it again and again. The way it fixes it`s balance when they kick it is simply astounding! It`s so organic and fluid.

    Proof that four legs will always beat two, I guess.

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    BBallKicks Male 13-17
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    March 17, 2008 at 1:31 pm
    old... the gnome was just a drunk midget with a cone on his head
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    March 17, 2008 at 1:32 pm
    That is f*cking mental.

    End message

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    LoofahBoy Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 1:34 pm
    Holy crap, I`m watching it again and again. The way it fixes it`s balance when they kick it is simply astounding! It`s so organic and fluid.

    Proof that four legs will always beat two, I guess.

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    Ruggero Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 1:35 pm
    Awesome!
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    Neon_Fedora Female 13-17
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    March 17, 2008 at 1:37 pm
    OH FRICK YEAH! I think that thing would be able to carry a person weighing less than 300 pounds. Maybe 250. If that`s the case, then I want a robot pony! It moves so fluidly! I think I also found the source of the chupucabra! All this time it was a military machine. Seriously, though if it gets loose in the night, people will freak out. :-D
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    Burton_Ian Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 1:40 pm
    haha gnome? whaaaat???

    and regarding THIS video... man that is just amazing... like that is some sophisticated engineering

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    defendors87 Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 1:47 pm
    there was a link the other day with this creepy gnome looking thing walking around. some said it was a midget, some said it was an anteater... i say it was the roaming gnome.
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    IceCAPPED Male 13-17
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    March 17, 2008 at 1:48 pm
    what is that buzzing!!!!!!!! it freaks me out and kind looks like 2 ppl under a giant barbecue lid or something
  14. Profile photo of AFTERSHOCK
    AFTERSHOCK Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 1:48 pm
    ROBOT WEIGHTS AROUND 250LBS AND CAN CARRY PAYLOAD OF 350LBS...I THINK.

    ANYWAY I MUCH PREFER THOSE EXOSKELETONS AND POWERBOOTS.

    IF THAT DOG WAS A BIT LESS LOUD... HELL I`D RIDE IT INTO BATTLE!
    CRY HAVOC! AND LET SLIP LOOSE THE DOGS OF WAR!!!

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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 1:51 pm
    "It really reminds me of the metal gears from the upcoming MGS4."

    Also it`s sponsored by DARPA which always reminds me of the first MGS.

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    Braininajar Male 13-17
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    March 17, 2008 at 1:52 pm
    Oh, man. Imagine one of those things barreling down on you. Run for the Hills! Oh, god! It`s killing the villagers!
  17. Profile photo of IceCAPPED
    IceCAPPED Male 13-17
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    March 17, 2008 at 1:52 pm
    is it just me or does it say 1 comment on this??
  18. Profile photo of BigBonny
    BigBonny Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 2:01 pm
    That`s creepy!! It looks like something from Silent Hill!
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    JonnyBadass Male 13-17
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    March 17, 2008 at 2:06 pm
    the way it moves is disturbing
  20. Profile photo of someone99
    someone99 Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 2:12 pm
    I`m not going to sleep for weeks
  21. Profile photo of gorgack2000
    gorgack2000 Male 13-17
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    March 17, 2008 at 2:24 pm
    One step close to MSG4. bzzzzzzzz......
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    faygo Male 30-39
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    March 17, 2008 at 2:29 pm
    The way it recovered on ice really creeped me out since it looks like the legs of two people facing each other. It`s great but..brr..I got a shiver.
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    Raberboom Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 2:30 pm
    sounds like a giant fly, that thing would scare the drat outta me if i couldnt see it
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    dibens Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 2:31 pm
    The scary thing is that it looks alive
  25. Profile photo of TheGigglebun
    TheGigglebun Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm
    technology is scary
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    alikabul Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm
    aftershock: The caps lock button... It`s a nice thing... See, you can switch between upper and lower case just by simply clicking it! ;)
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    ciaran036 Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 2:36 pm
    if this is what we can see commercially, just imagine what they have hidden behind the doors of places like Area 51...
    That`s an amazing robot if it was dressed like a dog I`d believe it - so lifelike! But `TheGigglebun` is right - technology IS scary. The fact that this is a `military robot` just goes to show that the uses of this type of technology will sometime be used in wars and to police us - a robot will have no hesitation in killing or hurting us!
  28. Profile photo of jazzybrussel
    jazzybrussel Female 13-17
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    March 17, 2008 at 2:48 pm
    i love this video!
    it`s kinda creepy but cool

    they should get rid of that buzzing though or else enemies will hear it long before they see it.

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    Ohnjaynb Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm
    wow i kept thinking of a stryder from half life 2
  30. Profile photo of arber123
    arber123 Male 70 & Over
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    March 17, 2008 at 3:09 pm
    wth that cuold be for miltary n other uses just shut it up>-(
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    Mikeado Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 3:24 pm
    Seen it in a documentary. Why? Coz I`m smart! (Plus I had a very long Sunday afternoon combined with Sky HD)

    Not a very subtle noise it makes, mind, and it would scare the life out of you if you actually saw it in the woods, perhaps at night, especially if you hadn`t seen it b4.

    "Holy Feck, a living headless dog, with a mutant voice box!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111!!!!1!!!!"

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    excelman Male 30-39
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    March 17, 2008 at 3:27 pm
    coming soon to a planet near you...judgement day
  33. Profile photo of msimmons
    msimmons Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 3:31 pm
    Wow. Impressively awesome
  34. Profile photo of jazzybrussel
    jazzybrussel Female 13-17
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    March 17, 2008 at 3:43 pm
    hahahaha and to add on to my other post, i thought the thing stumbling around was hilarious
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    TwoEyezBlind Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm
    Hmm, reminds me of the Hunters from Half Life 2: Episode 2. It`s ironic that it`s name incorporates the word Dog, since Dog is also a character from HL2.
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    fatalicus Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 4:22 pm
    ALIKABUL: THX MAN! IT`S MUCH EASIER TO WRITE NOW! DIDN`T KNOW ABOUT CAPS LOCK!

    hehe...

    anyways, i felt kinda sorry for the thing when the dude kicked it, and when they sent it out on the ice...

    The ice thing kinda reminded me of bambi, and i always cry when i think of bambi *sniff sniff*

    heheheee

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    nochafets Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 4:22 pm
    My mother`s the CFO of Boston Dynamics, the company that makes Big Dog, and I worked there doing computer support for them a few summers ago. To answer a few questions, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) provides funding for the robot and does so in stages, making the company meet new demands for the project each time they renew funding. DARPA`s conception of what the robot should be and do has changed over the course of Big Dog`s development. It was originally (and is still) meant to haul soldiers` gear to places - like, say, caves and mountains in Afghanistan - where it was impossible to get conventional vehicles. The military has had to rely more than it would have liked on animals like mules to transport soldiers` gear in Afghanistan and, as we all know, animals can get sick or injured, need food and water, be uncooperative, etc. So Big Dog is (at least for now) not intended to carry people or to be a combat robot (picture mounted guns), just carry gear.
  38. Profile photo of pea_ooter
    pea_ooter Male 13-17
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    March 17, 2008 at 4:30 pm
    i think it looked like a big fly..... and why was the that buzzing sound, its not very useful for military stuff, in war you have to be subtle...

    it also looked like an alien, especially when it slipped on ice at about the half of the video.

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    gustavoserra Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 4:33 pm
    Please, I beg you!! Kill it while we can!
    It freaked me out, seems an alien. That kind of monster that is alwas chasing you. You can run, run, run, the thing is always there, slow, but it doesn`t sleep, it doesn`t have a soul. It will get you when you sleep.

    - "bzzzzzz"
    - Oh god! It is here! Shoot it! - *blam blam*
    - "bzuuuuiiuiuzzz" "bzzzzz"
    - Why it doesn`t die? WHY?

  40. Profile photo of Nidonemo
    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 4:49 pm
    Now that is some really impressive robotics! Only main thing I`d say is the noise would probably be a deterring factor, but then they may fix that later in it`s production.

    Loved how it slipped and slid on the ice, that was funny!

  41. Profile photo of DarkProdigy
    DarkProdigy Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 4:53 pm
    Change its name to "Big fly the annoying buzzing military robot"
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    ladyleo_666 Female 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 5:38 pm
    That was drating scary. My second thought was man, that`s impressive!
  43. Profile photo of felena
    felena Female 13-17
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    March 17, 2008 at 5:39 pm
    ha ha ha, i hate that noise.

    *idea*

    I know!! i`ll get one and put it in the rooms of people i dont like... ha ha ha.

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    Triplekia Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 5:40 pm
    20 years later, McDonald will include this toy with its HappyMeal
  45. Profile photo of CrimsonCat
    CrimsonCat Female 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 5:49 pm
    Yeah, they really have to work on making it silent if they want to use it in battle.
    Personally, I say give it robot-eyes and send it out on search-and-rescue missions. (Hey, it can already climb over rubble?)
  46. Profile photo of bochamockado
    bochamockado Male 18-29
    580 posts
    March 17, 2008 at 5:50 pm
    Scawwy! But cool at the same time.
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    ak4775 Male 30-39
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    March 17, 2008 at 6:02 pm
    Wow. Its so stealthy...
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    Lazorfish Male 13-17
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    March 17, 2008 at 6:06 pm
    I thought it would be easy to knock over and bog down, but that thing is pretty darn resilient. Just seeing it get kicked and recover that fast was amazing.
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    Discomonkey Male 13-17
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    March 17, 2008 at 6:09 pm
    clever? you bet

    hilarious? ROFLMAOTPMSLWSOFTNTPMSLBNS

    ....yea, sometimes i dont like the world we live in.

    Thats got nothing to do with the robot `dog`

    why dont they call it a mule?

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    richoricho Male 40-49
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    March 17, 2008 at 6:09 pm
    It should have attacked the fellow who Kicked it!
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    Eichenkatze Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 6:45 pm
    This is actually pretty old. I watched this a couple years back. I think it`s pretty cool, and I don`t know about anyone else but combined with how it walks, it`s bullet resistant body, and the sound it makes? If i were on the other side I think I`d crap my pants.
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    itdude Male 13-17
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    March 17, 2008 at 6:46 pm
    Metal Gear, anyone. They`re going to kill us all.
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    togetec Male 13-17
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    March 17, 2008 at 8:05 pm
    the way it moves when it slips on the ice scared the sheits out of me. nightmares here i come.
  54. Profile photo of amohalko
    amohalko Male 13-17
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    March 17, 2008 at 8:14 pm
    Theo Jansen > Boston Dynamics
  55. Profile photo of BikerTeen
    BikerTeen Male 13-17
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    March 17, 2008 at 8:25 pm
    that thing is disturbing but still very cool
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    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    March 17, 2008 at 8:54 pm
    That`s brilliant, I think it should have a couple of Heads and be renamed Cerebrus just to up the psych factor.
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    Aqausixio Female 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 9:57 pm
    It is loud....it would give the soldiers away easily.
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    RyanF701 Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 10:41 pm
    God, I would go crazy if I saw one of those things running at me in the wild.
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    Grossen Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 11:06 pm
    That`s pretty cool. I like how it jumped over the yellow bordered rectangle at the end. It sounds a bit too much like a running mini-bike to me, though. Would not want to use that at night.
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    Tonyjet Male 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 11:23 pm
    just dont include it into sneak attacks

    or were screwed

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    punkitonic Female 18-29
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    March 17, 2008 at 11:24 pm
    erghh looks like something off silent hill.. *shudders*
  62. Profile photo of Invalok
    Invalok Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2008 at 12:00 am
    Just need some sound proofing on the engine so you cant hear it coming from a mile away.
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    843 Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2008 at 12:25 am
    Makes me wonder how people will react seeing it at night.
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    angelicamber Female 18-29
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    March 18, 2008 at 12:34 am
    Just a matter of time before they enslave us all...
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    helmie Female 13-17
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    March 18, 2008 at 1:07 am
    ... naaa, we`ll hear them coming. BZZZZBZZZZBZZZZ
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    VikingGuy Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2008 at 2:03 am
    make it run silent instead of sounding like a giant horsefly from hell and it would make a great asset to military and exploration and maybe even search and rescue.
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    Phantom7 Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2008 at 5:51 am
    @BigBonny

    I LOVE SILENT HILL!!!!

  68. Profile photo of jshimer
    jshimer Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2008 at 6:16 am
    the things pretty neat. I`d run like hell if i saw it coming my way though
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    hellavon Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2008 at 7:31 am
    creepiest thing i`ve ever seen
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    misstakenID Female 18-29
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    March 18, 2008 at 9:06 am
    The way it moves is disturbing,like to ppl in black bodysuits lol. It sure as hell isnt sneaking up on anyone either bbbzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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    fingerfish Male 30-39
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    March 18, 2008 at 11:45 am
    BURN IT!!!
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    Crystal949 Female 13-17
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    March 18, 2008 at 12:13 pm
    That thing is scary. The buzzing noises and the way it walks freak me out. Imagine a fast version of those chasing after you O.O
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    Dakkar Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2008 at 12:26 pm
    Japan - Creating robots to be maids and run other similar tasks.

    America - Creating robots to simply kick ass. Well done, Boston Dynamics.

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    AFTERSHOCK Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2008 at 2:31 pm
    alikabul
    Male, 18-29, Europe
    119 Posts Monday, March 17, 2008 2:34:41 PM
    aftershock: The caps lock button... It`s a nice thing... See, you can switch between upper and lower case just by simply clicking it! ;)

    TAKES TOO MUCH EFFORT.

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    elway Male 18-29
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    March 18, 2008 at 10:22 pm
    that is nasty!! although what purpose it would have for the military is beyond me.
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    idontknow951 Male 18-29
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    March 20, 2008 at 3:26 pm
    That THING looks like a deformed.... Well... You get the idea.
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    Aphecks Male 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 12:14 am
    El Chupacabra!
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    Saturnia107 Female 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 11:11 am
    That thing manages to creep me out, annoy me, and fascinate me all at the same time.
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    MeowYinn Female 18-29
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    March 22, 2008 at 12:10 pm
    That is really creepy, but it`s cool all the same. It looks like too people facing each other walking, though, bent over to carry the stuff.

    I`d run away if I saw that thing coming at me.

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    Panthergal09 Female 18-29
    69 posts
    March 22, 2008 at 4:30 pm
    Totally reminded me of Shakespeare too. Let slip the dogs of war!
  81. Profile photo of Vogt
    Vogt Male 13-17
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    March 22, 2008 at 5:28 pm
    Walks too slowly and is way to loud to be really effective. Great balance.


    A step in the right direction. More like a tiny "I-hope-no-one-is-looking" shuffle.

  82. Profile photo of Quik2TheStab
    Quik2TheStab Male 18-29
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    March 23, 2008 at 4:03 pm
    It moves pretty quickly, actually. And it reminds me of the hunters from half-life 2 episode 2.
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    thedobkins Male 30-39
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    April 7, 2008 at 3:22 pm
    WOW! That thing is CREEPY! Moves just like a person would trying to get balanced!

    I like it.

  84. Profile photo of IceCreamYay
    IceCreamYay Female 13-17
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    November 19, 2008 at 1:55 pm
    Yeah, no one will hear the loud annoying buzzing sound it emits. .__.
  85. Profile photo of Chasya
    Chasya Female 18-29
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    January 6, 2009 at 1:31 am
    well its nice to know that our tax money is going these things...something that is so loud that no one will ever hear it!!!WTF..watev

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