Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Ok, maybe this is just the absolute proof that I'm a complete geek for anything new & techy....but everyone else I have shown this to thinks it's cool as well. DARPA is currently working in collaboration with Boston Dynamics to develop a robotic "pack mule". Wow, big deal, right? It gets better.

The robot, nicknamed "Big Dog" uses a series of gyros (think Segway) to help it maintain its balance in any type of environment. It reacts to stimuli in the same any animal would--action & reaction--and as a result, it constitutes by far the most organic robotics that I have ever seen.

Keep in mind this is genuine, unaltered video--not a 3D generation. Check it out:

Cool, huh? For some reason, it really reminds me of the ED-209 from Robocop, especially the scene in Robocop 2 (I think...) where it gets blown apart and only the legs are left walking around.

Speaking of Robocop, there's this thing too...

It's an amazing age in which we live.


j13 said...

we ought to get one of these things to move our band equipment around

Tanner M. said...

when i saw it on the ice - i had a flashback to me all through-out middle school. Shiver.