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Google’s BigDog LS3 robot 'pack mule' gets military testing, carrying 180kg for 20 miles

Google’s BigDog LS3 robot 'pack mule' gets military testing, carrying 180kg for 20 miles

By 15 July 2014

BigDog is a robot "pack mule" that was developed by Boston Dynamics and is now owned by Google. It's had it's first military outing carrying kit across mixed terrain and the marines are impressed. BigDog, now being called LS3 or Legged Squad Support System,... >>

The future starts now: 11 landmark headlines that show a brave new world

The future starts now: 11 landmark headlines that show a brave new world

By 4 February 2014

We've all seen those sci-fi movies where someone is retelling the story of how it all began. Whether it is the virus that wipes out most of the human race in Twelve Monkeys, the lead up to Judgment Day in Terminator 2, or the scenes in iRobot and Minority... >>

Super agile, Google-owned Ed-209-like robot called Schaft wins Darpa challenge

Super agile, Google-owned Ed-209-like robot called Schaft wins Darpa challenge

By 23 December 2013

Meet Schaft, this year's winner of the Darpa Robotics Challenge. All the robots entered were set goals based on real-world scenarios in dangerous situations, such as fires, and were awarded points for completing tasks, with additional more points for... >>

Google acquires futuristic company with robot that can run faster than Usain Bolt

Google acquires futuristic company with robot that can run faster than Usain Bolt

By 14 December 2013

Google has purchased Boston Dynamics, an engineering company behind futuristic robots that focus on mobility, agility, dexterity and speed, according to The New York Times. The acquisition has since been confirmed by Google, which refused to give a buying... >>

VIDEO: Brilliant but freaky robot dog

VIDEO: Brilliant but freaky robot dog

By 24 May 2010

If you get creeped out by spiders, spindly legged-things or the thought that the Terminator movies could actually happen, look away now. Boston Dynamics, creator of BigDog, has built a smaller, weirder version of its robot canine, which has a number of... >>

VIDEO: BigDog makers reveal PetMan

VIDEO: BigDog makers reveal PetMan

By 27 October 2009

The makers of BigDog have unveiled PetMan, a biped robotic that could be used to test military suits that might one day protect soldiers in chemical warfare. Boston Dynamics describes the machine as a "biped robot that balances dynamically using a human-like... >>

RiSE V3 pole climbing robot developed by Boston Dynamics

RiSE V3 pole climbing robot developed by Boston Dynamics

By 13 May 2009

The University of Pennsylvania's Kod*lab robotics department and Boston Dynamics (the folk behind the brilliant Big Dog) have teamed up to create a pole climbing robot, the results of which you can see in the video above. RiSE V3 can climb any pole, tree... >>

VIDEO: Robo dog with animal like strength

VIDEO: Robo dog with animal like strength

By 18 March 2008

This must be one of the freakiest things you'll see this week - impressive - but you'll probably want to run away run away from this thing even faster than you would a rottweiler. Big Dog is the result of Boston Dynamics' brief to create "a robot with... >>