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August 1, 2008

BigDog is a quadrupedal robot designed by Boston Dynamics and funded by DARPA. The goal of the project is to design a robot that is capable of navigating the same diverse terrains as humans while carrying a large load. If only nature was able to provide such a creature.

Anyways, here’s what Bston dynamics has to say about their robot:

The Most Advanced Quadruped Robot on Earth
BigDog is the alpha male of the Boston Dynamics family of robots. It is a quadruped robot that walks, runs, and climbs on rough terrain and carries heavy loads. BigDog is powered by a gasoline engine that drives a hydraulic actuation system. BigDog’s legs are articulated like an animal’s, and have compliant elements that absorb shock and recycle energy from one step to the next. BigDog is the size of a large dog or small mule, measuring 1 meter long, 0.7 meters tall and 75 kg weight.

What they neglect to mention is that it’s fucking terrifying to see. The video speaks for itself:

So, enjoy your life while you can. The Rise of the Machines is nigh!

h/t to the Bad Astronomer, who has recently been invited to join Discover Blogs! Congrats, Phil!


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