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1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5886)
Fri, 18th Jul '08 8:07 AM

THOUGHT THAT SOME MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THIS.

Not just any robotic dog! Check it out!

http://www.bostondynamics.com/content/sec.php?section=BigDog




nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Fri, 18th Jul '08 8:32 AM

Wow Marsha! That's amazing and rather uncanny! Just think - if that's what they're prepared to show the public, how much more advanced are they really??!!
Karen



eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 18th Jul '08 8:55 AM

Way Cool! I've submitted proposals to DARPA before. That thing is more like a big fly than a dog.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 18th Jul '08 9:05 AM

Ew. Looks more like a 4-legged spider (shudder) than a dog. Creepy but amazing.

So I guess they'll put bombs on it. I followed a robot race they had across the desert a couple years ago. I don't think any of the vehicles made it all the way to the end of the race, but in a war zone in that terrain they could still do a lot of damage over the 60 or 100 miles they achieved. That stuff would be fun and fascinating if it all didn't just scream "weapons applications."

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.8 - Posts: 6057)
Fri, 18th Jul '08 9:35 AM

That was really interesting, Marsha! Kind of creepy when the guy kicked it though. The thing almost looked like it could have feelings!

Marilyn...

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 18th Jul '08 9:36 AM

Yeah, it can feel it's way to your neighborhood and make it a crater.

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.7 - Posts: 2301)
Fri, 18th Jul '08 10:22 AM

I find that thing disturbing and can't quite figure out why. Shudder. Can I get one with my Sploofus points?

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 18th Jul '08 10:54 AM

To me it screamed search and rescue.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 18th Jul '08 11:58 AM

Oh, definitely, tons of great peaceful uses for them, no doubt, if your local search-and-rescue can afford one. A mechanized Saint Bernard you can ride out of the back country, but somehow that's not what it's screaming.

I hear "walking bomb".

Wouldn't mind if it didn't run on gasoline, either.

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Fri, 18th Jul '08 12:05 PM

Fascinating technology.. CREEPY outcome!

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Fri, 18th Jul '08 12:42 PM

Really fascinating but I have to admit it creeped me out!

I was thinking police work while I watched it and of course the military application.

It looked more like a spider with some of its legs pulled off to me too. Spooooky

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 18th Jul '08 6:06 PM

Hey - if it doesn't mess in the house and can be programmed to bark dangerously at strangers, put me on the waiting list.


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