AlphaDog Robot: Creepy And Awesome

Submitted by: WorldScott 5 years ago Tech

Boston Dynamics the creator of the famous "Big Dog" robot has come out with a new bigger dog.
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Male 506
@whipplefunk, different mode of transportation. More mobile and less hindered by terrain than the typical wheel or tracked vehicle.

That`s the theory anyway. Still a long way off from something like this being really viable.
Hexapod robot
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Male 1,151
What are the applications of such a device?
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Male 2,859
That`s a heck of an improvement over the older ones, much quieter and seemingly more compact.
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Male 17,512
Once again, Steelgrid sticks his foot in his mouth.
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Male 2,424
I killed tons of these in Deus Ex
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Male 70
@Steelgrid

You`re thinking of BigDog. This is AlphaDog, a larger, stronger, and quieter model. BostonDynamics just uploaded this test footage on their youtube page a few days ago.
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Male 2,700
"So what`s the point of legs, which are a massive vulnerability? All an enemy has to do is damage one relatively weak leg and it`s out of action.
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No sir, the third prototype was able to account for the damaged or disabled leg and alter its movment pattern accordingly, either with a limp or a 3 legged hop. Either way, your point has been rendered invalid.
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Male 2,700
This is INSANELY old!!!! they have already made 2 different versions of this beyond this prototype. IAB you are about 5 years behind schedule.

There are videos of the second prototype without wires. they show some dudes kicking it, on ice, to test its dexterity and agility. It did not fall.

The third has been weaponized, its disgusting.

Hell theyve even made a miniature version of this, much like a Toy. Though I think the legs are solid and not able to bend like its bigger counterparts.

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Male 53
For some reason, the end send shivers down my spine O_O
Except for that, it`s awesome
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Male 12,365
In addition to PinkRhoid`s point, there`s another plausible explanation for the cabling.

If you`re testing the prototype of a large, heavy, independently mobile object, it`s prudent to have it tethered, with immediate control over it and a foolproof way to cut power to it immediately, from a distance if need be.
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Male 6
@ DixxyRarr its the sound this thing makes when it crushes small childrens souls :/
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Male 1,239
Thonius, What makes you think those cables aren`t there to provide constant on the fly metrcs data for analyzation of its various systems. Just a short stroll for that thing like puts off an extraordinary amount of data and that is probably much faster and more reasonable for indoor testing than a wireless alternative. If they wanted to go out they would disconnect them.
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Female 2,674
That f*cker`s loud, don`tcha think?
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Male 12,365
[quote]The whole point is making a pack mule to go places that conventional vehicle can`t.[/quote]

Ah, that makes a lot more sense. It`s always been a trade-off between what soldiers on foot might need and how much it`s practical for them to carry.
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Male 987
Let`s put a saddle on that thing and take it out on the street. Oh, yes of course, it cannot function without all of the cables.
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Male 985
I cant tell if its walking forwards or walking backwards!
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Male 2,344
drat
That
poo
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Male 663
Boston Dynamics have recently changed their names to Cyberdyne.
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Female 1,566
There is not anything about this that is not screaming UNCANNY VALLEY to me, and they don`t even look like humans. I HATE when they push it and it stumbles and rights itself. It`s not as creepy as the smaller version, but it`s pretty creepy.
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Male 17,512
SmagBoy1: Yes, they are built to handle a good size load, but they test for balance first based on the location and expected weight of the power pack.

I believe `big dog` was able to carry over 100lbs., this one should be able to carry much more, perhaps even be able to carry wounded soldiers out of harm`s way, on a stretcher, I don`t know the specifications but it looks large enough to do just that.
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Male 14,774
They should have it stepping over human skulls.
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Male 184
ROBOT INVASIOn
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Male 25,416
SKYNET
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Male 1,540
All I could think about was navy seals using this thing during a night op. *Dead silence* Suddenly... *Bzzt bzzt bzzt bzzt bzzt CLONK CLONK* *Rocks tumbling*
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Male 49
coming robot invasion...
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Male 1,737
To anyone wondering, if you have not seen the first few test video`s out in the field. The whole point is making a pack mule to go places that conventional vehicle can`t. Like desserts, swamps and forests to name a couple.

The smaller version seems to work like a champ, so I wonder what they`ve done different to this one. Besides the obvious bigger and better.
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Male 4,431
@CrakrJak: Ah! I thought the weights to simulate the load it`d be expected to carry. I reckon that`s why they`re making it, yes? To carry a load? And, under load, I figured it`d take a pretty significant power source. I wasn`t hating, just curious. :-)
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Male 2,790
...i`d ride it
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Male 594
This creeped me out beyond belief.
Oh my god, I do -NOT- want to see this coming
towards me, late at night while I`m walking
outside.

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Male 171
"So what`s the point of legs, which are a massive vulnerability? All an enemy has to do is damage one relatively weak leg and it`s out of action."

"This thing just bulldozers anything in its way, mind as well put wheels on it."

Legs arent really a vulnerability, at least not anymore than wheels, if one leg breaks, one wheel could too.

And the advantage of legs over wheels in general, is simply that it can cross obstacles more easily.
Something as simple as stairs, sand, or rocky terrain can be super hard or impossible for wheels to cross, where as legs can do it easily.
Wheels are awesome, but are only useful in a world with smooth and constructed roads.
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Male 12,365
Since DARPA is funding it, I assume the goal is military.

So what`s the point of legs, which are a massive vulnerability? All an enemy has to do is damage one relatively weak leg and it`s out of action.
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Male 535
Every time they push one of those things, I expect it to rear up and kick some scientist tail.
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Male 17,512
SmagBoy1: Do you see the weights attached to it ?
Those are there to simulate the weight of the power pack they are designing for it. A small 40lb. gas powered electric generator could power this beast easily.
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Male 5,006
Klamz this one have to the sensors, but is just more heavy and they have added the bottom rollbar that allow it to stand up again after a fall, i think they are enanching the body more than the legs in this last research.
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Male 688
The original dog actually had sensor that allowed it to process where it should step and how to do it so it could even climb a ladder.

This thing just bulldozers anything in its way, mind as well put wheels on it.
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Male 4,431
Now they just have to work no a portable power source considering the fact that 3-phase AC delivered via huge cables on a track isn`t typically available out in the desert (where I`m assuming they`re building this guy to operate).
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Male 217
The Centaurminator
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Male 5,006
Good they have made some improvement. This research is so cool,keep trace of it please IAB.
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Male 5,314
oh god, that thing is still creepy as f*ck
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Male 74
Link: AlphaDog Robot: Creepy And Awesome [Rate Link] - Boston Dynamics the creator of the famous `Big Dog` robot has come out with a new bigger dog.
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