If there is anything I look forward to more than updates from Darpa, its updates from Boston Dynamics. They are really doing some pretty innovative things in the way of robotics there, and yet here is another example. My arducopter is jealous.
It's a robotic cow! Come here Bessie!
As neat as it is, I don't really see the point. I am pretty sure a similarly sized wheels rover could traverse the same terrain. And with greater energy efficiency I'm sure.
Why not a combination or tracks/wheels and legs. I see another problem with the LS3 concept vs a mule / horse...in a pinch you cannot eat your robot..
a war robot, build to kill people, but still pretty cool.
replaces the pack mule, that drinks 100gallons of water per day; with one that runs on a fuel cell and 100gallons of water a day! :)
Nice project. But I am missing why this is going to be a succes?
Why not use a horse or a mule? They are cheaper faster do not need a lot of maintenance.
@Darren, I assure you, it does not run on water.
@Jonas, because the Military-Industrial-Complex hasn't figured out how to mark-up a mule to $10,000,000.
I see their work as a prelude to when lipo will last 2000 time longer.
Make it go faster and last longer and you have a "perfect weapon', not only it can assist soldiers as a mule would do but it can also run a mission (where the traditional organic mule cannot).
Every years they make it better.
Very cool work!
Really magnificent path finding and execution. Hope that eventually those nifty laser scanners come down in size and cost where we can use them on our multicopters. Really felt bad when he fell down and rolled over in the creek, but he got right back up and kept going. Great design guys and for those of you who don't know why its worth doing that what are you doing here on this web site that is 100% about free form innovation.
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