Robotic “canine” crosses obstacles, lacks head

Robot "dog" crosses obstacles, lacks head

To be trustworthy, we’re unsure if Boston Dynamics choice to not embrace a head on its so-referred to as “LittleDog” makes the bot kind of creepy, however it positive is fairly darn spectacular both approach. It is declare to fame, and the results of $1.5 million in funding from DARPA, is its means to cross harsh terrain with relative ease, counting on an array of sensors that measure joint angles, physique orientation, and foot/floor contact. As you possibly can see within the video after the break, the entire system seems to work remarkably properly, with the bot solely encountering a couple of minor hiccups throughout its rock-climbing journey. No phrase on any future plans for the bot simply but, however with DARPA behind it, we’re guessing it’s going to be attracting some barely totally different house owners than its robotic canine companions.

[By way of SlashGear]

Replace: We missed this at first, however it seems LittleDog is not Boston Dynamics’ first foray into headless robotic canine, with the corporate’s BigDog additionally capable of climb hills, and carry a one hundred twenty pound load as well.

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