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Date: 10/01/11 01:22 PM

40 Responses to AlphaDog Robot: Creepy And Awesome

  1. Profile photo of WorldScott
    WorldScott Male 30-39
    73 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    Link: AlphaDog Robot: Creepy And Awesome - Boston Dynamics the creator of the famous `Big Dog` robot has come out with a new bigger dog.
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
    5316 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm
    oh god, that thing is still creepy as f*ck
  3. Profile photo of piperfawn
    piperfawn Male 30-39
    4888 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm
    Good they have made some improvement. This research is so cool,keep trace of it please IAB.
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    hairyshyt Male 30-39
    217 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm
    The Centaurminator
  5. Profile photo of SmagBoy1
    SmagBoy1 Male 40-49
    4432 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm
    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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    Klamz Male 18-29
    689 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm
    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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    piperfawn Male 30-39
    4888 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm
    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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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm
    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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    Deviros Male 18-29
    535 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm
    Every time they push one of those things, I expect it to rear up and kick some scientist tail.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm
    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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    morimacil123 Male 18-29
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    October 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    "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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    EdiMesic Male 18-29
    594 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm
    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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    cyborg Male 13-17
    2790 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm
    ...i`d ride it
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    SmagBoy1 Male 40-49
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    October 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm
    @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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    EgalM Male 30-39
    1707 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm
    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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    kayakdog Male 30-39
    49 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm
    coming robot invasion...
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    Thetas Male 18-29
    1540 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 9:32 pm
    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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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25408 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm
    SKYNET
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    nospoons Male 18-29
    184 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm
    ROBOT INVASIOn
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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14544 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 10:10 pm
    They should have it stepping over human skulls.
  21. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    October 1, 2011 at 11:46 pm
    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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    leesah Female 18-29
    1566 posts
    October 2, 2011 at 1:00 am
    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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    Mister_C Male 18-29
    663 posts
    October 2, 2011 at 1:52 am
    Boston Dynamics have recently changed their names to Cyberdyne.
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    ryan99 Male 13-17
    2346 posts
    October 2, 2011 at 3:01 am
    drat
    That
    poo
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    Tisjokar Male 18-29
    985 posts
    October 2, 2011 at 4:18 am
    I cant tell if its walking forwards or walking backwards!
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    Thonious Male 40-49
    987 posts
    October 2, 2011 at 4:45 am
    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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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    October 2, 2011 at 5:35 am
    The whole point is making a pack mule to go places that conventional vehicle can`t.

    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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    DixxyRarr Female 18-29
    2674 posts
    October 2, 2011 at 7:00 am
    That f*cker`s loud, don`tcha think?
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    PinkRhoid Male 18-29
    1239 posts
    October 2, 2011 at 7:13 am
    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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    Lordborg909 Male 30-39
    6 posts
    October 2, 2011 at 10:02 am
    @ DixxyRarr its the sound this thing makes when it crushes small childrens souls :/
  31. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    October 2, 2011 at 10:10 am
    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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    Bloodish Male 18-29
    53 posts
    October 2, 2011 at 11:36 am
    For some reason, the end send shivers down my spine O_O
    Except for that, it`s awesome
  33. Profile photo of Steelgrid
    Steelgrid Male 30-39
    2700 posts
    October 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm
    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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    Steelgrid Male 30-39
    2700 posts
    October 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm
    "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.
    "

    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.
  35. Profile photo of Orpheon
    Orpheon Male 18-29
    70 posts
    October 3, 2011 at 12:06 am
    @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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    RoboPatton Male 30-39
    2424 posts
    October 3, 2011 at 1:18 am
    I killed tons of these in Deus Ex
  37. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    October 3, 2011 at 1:45 am
    Once again, Steelgrid sticks his foot in his mouth.
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    Vimto Male 40-49
    2852 posts
    October 3, 2011 at 1:48 am
    That`s a heck of an improvement over the older ones, much quieter and seemingly more compact.
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    whipplefunk Male 30-39
    973 posts
    October 3, 2011 at 7:38 am
    What are the applications of such a device?
  40. Profile photo of Ruffiana
    Ruffiana Male 30-39
    506 posts
    October 3, 2011 at 11:29 am
    @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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