Monday, September 15, 2008

Big Dog Quadruped Robot

The Most Advanced Quadruped Robot on Earth

I almost drop my mouth when i saw this spooky robot made by the Boston Dynamics which they said it can walk or run in all kinds of terrain. Amazingly this robot can while carrying a 340 pounds of load. Thats a big help for the men in uniform out there. A stunning creation of the experts.
Here is an info about the machine itself. Take a look.

BigDog is the alpha male of the Boston Dynamics family of robots. It is a quadruped robot that walks, runs, and climbs on rough terrain and carries heavy loads. BigDog is powered by a gasoline engine that drives a hydraulic actuation system. BigDog's legs are articulated like an animal’s, and have compliant elements that absorb shock and recycle energy from one step to the next. BigDog is the size of a large dog or small mule, measuring 1 meter long, 0.7 meters tall and 75 kg weight.

BigDog has an on-board computer that controls locomotion, servos the legs and handles a wide variety of sensors. BigDog’s control system manages the dynamics of its behavior to keep it balanced, steer, navigate, and regulate energetics as conditions vary. Sensors for locomotion include joint position, joint force, ground contact, ground load, a laser gyroscope, and a stereo vision system. Other sensors focus on the internal state of BigDog, monitoring the hydraulic pressure, oil temperature, engine temperature, rpm, battery charge and others.
In separate trials, BigDog runs at 4 mph, climbs slopes up to 35 degrees, walks across rubble, and carries a 340 lb load.

BigDog is being developed by Boston Dynamics with the goal of creating robots that have rough-terrain mobility that can take them anywhere on Earth that people and animals can go.The program is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA).
Wow that is what you call a machine! Watch it walking and didn't drop even it was kicked in the butt.

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