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Big Dog: The Better to Maul you With


Robotics company Boston Dynamics yesterday released a video of its "Big Dog" quadruped robot, which I must say is quite impressive in a frightening, Terminator sort of way. Kind of like if a pit bull were combined with a giant tarantula.

The Journal of New England Technology writes: "Boston Dynamics engineers were contracted to develop a robot with the ability to run, maneuver and jump to avoid obstacles. The robot would measure 1 meter tall and 2 meters wide, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The goal of the project, which was slotted to last 15 months, is to produce a robot with animal-like strength, speed and mobility, according to defense officials."

And the ability to scare the bejesus out of you.

View the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Isn't that the thing Chewbacca shot on Hoth?

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 18, 2008 9:21:49 AM

  2. WTF? This is soooo Rise of the Machines. You just know that in five years or less this thing will be walking up walls and shooting people through windows.

    Posted by: christopher | Mar 18, 2008 9:56:16 AM

  3. My God! If i had been in those woods there from afar and saw that and heard it... i would have most definitely shat myself! Cool but creepy...

    Posted by: virgoboy | Mar 18, 2008 10:18:28 AM

  4. Truly the scariest fucking thing I've seen in a long time. The robotics are amazing, though.

    Posted by: YankinTex | Mar 18, 2008 10:31:15 AM

  5. If only it cut grass too (sounds like a gas powered weed whacker) -- and the movement, especially when it loses balance, is just freaky in its replication of animal instinct. scary.

    Posted by: jjd | Mar 18, 2008 10:32:59 AM

  6. It is so scarily fugly, it's like Jeff Goldblum in The Fly.

    Posted by: yvespaul | Mar 18, 2008 10:39:06 AM

  7. That thing's going to be hunting us down and ripping our spinal cords out in a few years.

    Posted by: Yeek | Mar 18, 2008 11:08:16 AM

  8. The human race is doomed. Save us John Connor!

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 18, 2008 11:52:12 AM

  9. That is amazing. It made me laugh!

    Posted by: Marc in Chicago | Mar 18, 2008 12:35:06 PM

  10. This is what NASA should make as the next Mars explorer... Go practically anywhere, getting there in a tenth of the time. The problem would be a sustainable power source.

    Posted by: WildGuy | Mar 18, 2008 1:03:44 PM

  11. That thing is grotesque, pathetic and fascinating all at the same time. I found my self thoroughly distrubed yet concerned with its well being. Freaky!

    Posted by: Toto | Mar 18, 2008 1:42:21 PM

  12. Great, now I'm going to have nightmares about that thing trying to hump my leg!

    Posted by: Craig | Mar 18, 2008 2:37:15 PM

  13. That was totally awesome!!!!!

    I want one.

    Posted by: Joshua | Mar 18, 2008 3:53:46 PM

  14. The posted still of the vid made the thing look like a giant flea. That was frightening enough for me! But watching the actual footage--wow! very OMG-ness.

    It's loud noise though won't make it very useful for any missions requiring stealth. It sounds like a lawn mower.

    Posted by: Miguel | Mar 18, 2008 5:25:24 PM

  15. Wow! The future is sooooo here.

    Posted by: rob | Mar 18, 2008 11:53:47 PM

  16. Damn, that IS creepy. But I was totally hearing herbie hancock's "Rockit" in my head while watching.

    Posted by: cb | Mar 19, 2008 12:27:35 PM

  17. Um, "rise of the machines", not just yet. If they ever get close to the N5 on I, Robot then run for your life or rip your own spinal cord out.

    Posted by: NotJustYet | Mar 19, 2008 7:22:17 PM

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