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Robotics The Military

BigDog Robot Gets Much Bigger 158

Posted by samzenpus
from the can-I-keep-him-seargent? dept.
savuporo writes "Well known Boston Dynamics BigDog prototype now has a bigger brother named 'LS3' or Legged Squad Support System. It's intended to carry heavy loads for long treks and have enough autonomy to follow soldiers around, listen to voice commands and navigate autonomously."

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BigDog Robot Gets Much Bigger

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  • by elrous0 (869638) * on Wednesday February 08, 2012 @04:10PM (#38971345)

    It's intended to carry heavy loads for long treks and have enough autonomy to follow soldiers around, listen to voice commands and navigate autonomously

    Except for the "navigate autonomously" part, that sounds like a Marine.

  • by GameboyRMH (1153867) <gameboyrmh@NoSpAM.gmail.com> on Wednesday February 08, 2012 @04:21PM (#38971485) Journal

    Sensors online.
    Weapons online.
    All systems nominal.
    Initiating silly walk.

  • by paleo2002 (1079697) on Wednesday February 08, 2012 @04:25PM (#38971571)
    Please PLEASE have the things say, in a deep electronic voice, "Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof." while walking. If they do that, I will buy all of them immediately.
  • by Anubis IV (1279820) on Wednesday February 08, 2012 @04:29PM (#38971617)

    Narrator: See the LS3's in their natural habitat. Once a day these lumbering creatures collect around the petrol pond to hastily drink up their day's supply of the vital fluid.

    camera shows a small spark flying out of one LS3

    Narrator: LS3's produce small bursts of electricty - sparks - from time to time. These natural occurences are typically benign and merely help to distinguish these graceful creatures from their organic counterparts.

    camera shows a close up with the label "dramatic recreation" at the bottom of the screen, showing a spark hitting gasoline

    Narrator: However, when these sparks meet with petrol, disaster can strike.

    camera pans over the gasoline pond, this time on fire and with wrecked husks of LS3's in it

    Narrator: Our crew returned to the gassing hole a mere hour after our initial visit, and already the herd has been ravaged by the fire. The raging inferno has consumed the herd. Such is the natural order of things in the urban jungle. Even so, with the next war, the Department of Defense will place a new order, and the LS3's will once again roam free

  • by gandhi_2 (1108023) on Wednesday February 08, 2012 @04:49PM (#38971917) Homepage

    50 comments down there, and not a mention of an AT-AT. For shame, slashdot.

    I'll leave now before you all start pulling out your Precious'es.

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