Robotic pack mule looks like headless dog

big dog robotBoston Dynamics has created a large quadruped robot intended for carrying infantry supplies. It looks impressive cruising over snow, rocks, mud, gravel, etc. using a weird dog/deer gait, and it even manages to stay upright after being kicked, but luckily it’s so damn noisy it won’t be able to sneak up on you and your family when it realises that humans make better batteries than energiser. There’s also a 28mb WMV video on the bdi.com site that’s well worth the download. Robotic dogs and autonomous gunships… I’m just going to pop down to the shops to pick up some more armour-piercing rounds and EMPs. Remember to cover up those heat signatures kids! Link

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