Video: Boston Dynamics LittleDog Robot

The “dog bots” from Boston Dynamics are just amazing pieces of hardware—its “BIGDOG” pack robot is eerie to watch, nimble and resilient—and the LittleDog platform, while seeming more insectoid than canine, still somehow slips up around either edge of the uncanny valley. Its motion is more lifelike than most bots, but unlike a humanoid robot it still looks like it has a firey clockwork soul in there somewhere. And unlike the BIGDOG, which looks like the lower half of a dog knitted into a steel framework and fueled by sloshing ichor, the LittleDog looks more like a tentative crab.

Actually, that’s exactly what LittleDog reminds me of: a mechanized version of the headcrab from Half-Life, albeit with an extra set of legs. And less face eating. For now.

LittleDog Navigates Ruff Terrain [BotJunkie]

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5 Responses to Video: Boston Dynamics LittleDog Robot

  1. Anonymous says:

    i feel sorry for it for some reason.

  2. mutagen says:

    Yeah thats the first thing I thought of when I saw this video, that I’m going to have to learn how to disable version 4 of this thing with a crowbar.

    Too much Half Life!

  3. pork musket says:

    Looks like a crazy cyborg cricket to me

  4. Kitty says:

    I’m thinking vampire bat, coming to suck my blood. Video like this is why I sleep with a big stick under my bed.

  5. TheCynic says:

    That’s awesome. I wonder what they made the “feet” out of? Seemed like the first one was having a lot of trouble with a slippery plastic foot covering slippery plastic terrain.

    I especially liked how it jabbed its foot into a ditch, then re-evaluated and placed the foot in a different spot before trying to continue. These could be the next Mars rovers.

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