Little Miss Muffet Has Nothing On THIS Stuff!

Hi,

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Have you seen the BigDog Robot, which has been developed by Boston Dynamics, with funding supplied by DARPA …. Defense Advanced Research Agency.

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The following film is from 2008.

It shows how the robot can work on ice and snow, walk over stones etc., and also how it can jump and clinb while still remeining upright and regain balance.

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To be quite honest, for me there is something very real about it, and I actually felt sorry for it when the man tried to kick it over!
This is not surprising really as the whole idea would seem to be biologically inspired.

It could probably work like a robot (ha-ha), carrying heavy loads and remaining upright etc., in dreadful conditions where it would be impossible for a human to function.

Even on other planets too eventually I suppose.

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BigDog weaponised.

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Thankfully, the poor thing is sometimes allowed some time off.
So here it is holidaying in Thailand …. let’s hope that it met a few ‘hot’ LadyDogs!
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Of course he must have been a real hound dog, and enjoyed a full-on holiday romance, because here we have film of a LittleDog.

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LittleDog was also developed by Boston Dynamics, with similar funding, and is useful for allowing university researchers to study legged locomotion.

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This is a Giant Walking Spider …. somewhat similar, but only for fun.
The video was taken at the 2008 Burning Man Festival.

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And, of course, The Mondo Spider from the Burning Man in 2009.

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Now, all they have to do is cover that with black fur, add two big eyes and some teeth …. and I would promptly wet myself!
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Have a fine ‘giant spiderfree day’ yourself.
J,x.
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