Sunday, July 13, 2008

Wild Robot Dog

I'm extremely impressed by this video of Boston Dynamics's newest DARPA-funded experiment. Dynamic balancing is a complex problem to solve, and it looks like they're making great strides. Especially impressed by its handling on ice, and its recovery after the guy kicks it. It's somewhat scary that this sort of technology is universally a product of the defense department, but I'm glad the research is being done. The dog is equal parts cool and creepy, but that might be because I play all the wrong video games.

1 comment:

Luke said...

That is an awesome robot--it recovering after the kick and on the ice were both amazing. It is kind of sad that so much cool technology starts off as a military project--too bad we as a society can't find better motivation to innovate. :(