Christmas with Boston Dynamics

29 Apr

Around our house, Boston Dynamics are the rock stars of robotic technology. Finding that they’ve distributed a new video on youtube is like waking up to a full stocking on Christmas morning. I’ve posted previously about their most famous design, The Big Dog, but here’s an updated video – now with 50% more “Holy #$%@, did you SEE that?”

The bit where it’s climbing cement blocks near the end got me wondering what happened to an older off-shoot of the Big Dog project, Little Dog:

Back to having my mind blown with new content though, they’ve managed to get The Petman up to 4.4mph!

What’s The Petman you may ask? It’s either the cutting edge in bipedal robots or walking wide-awake nightmare fuel.

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2 Responses to “Christmas with Boston Dynamics”

  1. Winnie April 29, 2010 at 09:21 #

    I have to admit that’s pretty neat BUT it will creep me out for the rest of the day. I wouldn’t be surprised if The Big Dog ends up in my crazy pregnant brain nightmares.

  2. Skinner April 29, 2010 at 13:26 #

    What wouldn’t you want a baby carriage that’s actually the bottom half of a shambling zombie robot?

    Oh wait, no, that’s TERRIFYING.

    (or maybe terrifyingly /awesome/.)

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