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Massive Pack Mule Robots Will Follow You for 20 Miles: VIDEO


Earlier this week they showed off the cheetah robot that can run faster than Usain Bolt.

Now, check these robots out, which are more like draft horses or pack mules.

The Legged Squad Support System (LS3) is a rough-terrain robot developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA and the US Marine Corps. It is designed to carry 400 lbs of payload and travel 20 miles without refueling.

How smart is it?

“Other improvements include the ability to go from a 1- to 3-mph walk and trot over rough, rocky terrain, easily transition to a 5-mph jog and, eventually, a 7-mph run over flat surfaces, showing the versatility needed to accompany dismounted units in various terrains,” Hitt said. “The LS3 has demonstrated it is very stable on its legs, but if it should tip over for some reason, it can automatically right itself, stand up and carry on. LS3 also has the ability to follow a human leader and track members of a squad in forested terrain and high brush.”



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  1. I think I'd just ride on it :p

    Posted by: Will | Sep 11, 2012 12:56:43 PM

  2. I never trust these things . . . in the back of my mind I always think war.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 11, 2012 1:01:50 PM

  3. It's creepy.

    Posted by: Matt | Sep 11, 2012 1:08:17 PM

  4. On the other hand, with tools like this, eventually armed with fire-power, no one will consider getting into a war. Anyway, it's worth a positive thought.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 11, 2012 1:13:22 PM

  5. Maybe if the military force is made-up of only robots instead of humans we won't care about the death and destruction war causes in far distant countries. Oh right, we already don't care.

    Posted by: StevyD | Sep 11, 2012 1:13:29 PM

  6. Headline from Oct. 14, 2014: Pack of Malfunctioning Mule Robots Stampedes Another Crowd; Robot Mules Can't Be Stopped

    Posted by: Miguel R. | Sep 11, 2012 1:19:12 PM

  7. Jeez, that is amazing.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Sep 11, 2012 1:24:13 PM

  8. Put some horns on the head and they'd be rhinos. Amazing and scary. I wouldn't want to see one running down the trail toward me.

    Posted by: RWG | Sep 11, 2012 1:49:29 PM

  9. "I got a mule, his name is HAL 9000 ... uh oh......"

    Posted by: RJP | Sep 11, 2012 2:03:50 PM

  10. It is creepy,fascinating but creepy. Extensive studies have been done that clearly show most people are freaked out by robots that look too human-like, they're more comfortable around less human looking machines. Maybe the same applies for robots that look like other animals.

    There are several pretty serious issues with these machines though, in my opinion, and one big one is the noise they make.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 11, 2012 2:11:17 PM

  11. @UFFDA - To the contrary. Its predicted that with the increased use of robots and other unmanned weapons systems that armed conflict is likely to increase as opposed to decrease.

    The theory being that leaders will be more inclined to resort to military options when there is less risk at putting their own military personnel at risk and in harms way.

    Posted by: AERES | Sep 11, 2012 2:23:05 PM

  12. Forget the damned pack mules! DARPA needs to build Veritechs!

    Posted by: Polyboy | Sep 11, 2012 2:36:31 PM

  13. great. the james-cameron Terminator future is one step closer.

    *runs off to become amish*

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 11, 2012 2:45:12 PM

  14. This thing makes so much racket it will give away the position to the enemy...

    Posted by: Alex | Sep 11, 2012 2:58:25 PM

  15. Damn. It can carry 400lbs! I want one for my gear on my next pack trip into the Yellowstone backcountry.

    Posted by: Craig | Sep 11, 2012 4:44:17 PM

  16. The noise that thing makes will drive any soldier to shoot it after ten minutes, let alone 20 miles. Also, will it work in the rain?

    Posted by: anon | Sep 11, 2012 5:18:31 PM

  17. I agree there is something disturbing about these robots.

    Posted by: jaragon | Sep 11, 2012 5:21:17 PM

  18. I like it. I would have one for a pet.

    Posted by: fedorajoe | Sep 11, 2012 6:24:18 PM

  19. Metal Gear! Where's Snake?

    Posted by: Bill | Sep 11, 2012 11:34:51 PM

  20. Totes creepy!

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Sep 12, 2012 6:31:23 AM

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