Thursday, March 20, 2008

Creepy-Cool Big Dog by Boston Dynamics


Tell me this video doesn't generate some really interesting gut reactions. Who needs Imperial Walkers when you could have an army of these? If you know anything about motor control and locomotion, you'll appreciate this impressive work by Boston Dynamics.

4 comments:

Catherine Imes said...

Yeah but how many pullups can it do?

Orie S said...

Catherine,

456,323 pull-ups when battery is fully charged. 750,341 if they kip.

Sean said...

This was awesome. I couldn't believe how well it recovered when kicked and from the ice.

Orie S said...

I would be very interested to know if they modeled the circuitry of the spinal cord to accomplish this (the spinal chord alone is capable of most of what you see in the robot), or if they came up with the control system de novo. Can an engineer build a better pattern generator and propriocepeptor than Mother Nature?

Are those gyroscopes we hear buzzing like angry bees?