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May 13, 2006


It turns out the terrifying robotic mule featured in an earlier Flea-warning of the coming War With the Machines is called BigDog; "the alpha male of the Boston Dynamics family of robots." I don't think Kirk's logic games are going to work on this puppy.

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 animalís, 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.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 13, 2006 03:41 PM

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