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Postby simpleton » Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:04 pm

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Re: check out this thing

Postby David Nahmani » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:34 pm

Reminds me of District 9. I can imagine military groups around the world will be very interested.
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Postby ski » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:58 pm

Knives for feet? I'll bet they call it Edward.
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Postby camillo jr » Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:31 pm

A robot that just runs? They've got them playing soccer now!
(Very, very slowly.)


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Re: check out this thing

Postby David Nahmani » Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:39 pm

Yeah it's just a matter of time before we cannot distinguish robots from humans. Or maybe we already can't, we just don't know it?

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Re: check out this thing

Postby Eriksimon » Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:40 am

What is expecially impressive is that it is running backwards that fast... very handy for the military indeed, they should retreat much more often, and faster.... :lol:
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Re: check out this thing

Postby Scott Jackson » Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:51 am

I would like to see this "cheetah" right itself after falling over or being knocked over.

I think they have a lot more work to do to make this thing useful in the real world.
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Re: check out this thing

Postby Rev. Juda$ Sleaze » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:33 am

Scott Jackson wrote:I would like to see this "cheetah" right itself after falling over or being knocked over.

I think they have a lot more work to do to make this thing useful in the real world.


Absolutley.

It's hardly stealthy either.

They've got a long way to go (especially check out how little the body and head move when the real thing is running):

Zappa is not dead, he just smells funny.

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Re: check out this thing

Postby Scott Jackson » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:55 am

Rev. Juda$ Sleaze wrote:check out how little the body and head move when the real thing is running


Also, notice how they use their tail to balance themselves at high speed.
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Postby Rev. Juda$ Sleaze » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:06 am

Scott Jackson wrote:Also, notice how they use their tail to balance themselves at high speed.


Yup, I bet their tail reduces their turning-circle at speed too, acting as a counter-balance.
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Re: check out this thing

Postby Scott Jackson » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:48 am

Rev. Juda$ Sleaze wrote:Yup, I bet their tail reduces their turning-circle at speed too, acting as a counter-balance.


Absolutely.
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Postby Rev. Juda$ Sleaze » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:50 am

I wonder who'll get there first; will it be a robot that moves as well as an animal, or a bio-engineered animal that can be programmed like a robot? :?
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Postby Scott Jackson » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:57 am

Rev. Juda$ Sleaze wrote:I wonder who'll get there first; will it be a robot that moves as well as an animal, or a bio-engineered animal that can be programmed like a robot? :?


Neither will ever be as good as the original. :wink:
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Postby Rev. Juda$ Sleaze » Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:10 am

Quite right!
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Re: check out this thing

Postby simpleton » Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:24 am

Scott Jackson wrote:I would like to see this "cheetah" right itself after falling over or being knocked over.

I think they have a lot more work to do to make this thing useful in the real world.



some of this Darpa stuff is pretty good at staying upright



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Re: check out this thing

Postby Scott Jackson » Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:10 pm

simpleton wrote:some of this Darpa stuff is pretty good at staying upright


Yes. I can see from the videos that the machine is pretty good at staying upright. The guy kicking the machine, the ice, the pile of bricks, the hill....... That is very impressive. Thanks for posting those.

However, my point is, what happens if the robot is down on its side or better yet ends up somehow on its back. How will it right itself without assistance?

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Re: check out this thing

Postby simpleton » Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:19 pm

a Google search of "can BigDog right itself?" found

AlphaDog:
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2011/10/two-big-new-robot-toys-reveale.html
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Re: check out this thing

Postby Scott Jackson » Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:01 pm

simpleton wrote:a Google search of "can BigDog right itself?" found

AlphaDog:
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2011/10/two-big-new-robot-toys-reveale.html


That's pretty cool simpleton. It's a step up from BigDog.

But I'm still skeptical.

BigDog robot gets an even bigger brother wrote:AlphaDog is a DARPA-funded robotic pack-mule designed to carry all the heavy gear that a modern soldier lugs into the field. It can carry a payload of just over 181 kilograms a distance of 32 kilometres


I would like to see how well it works in real world terrain with a full pack. From the video it looks like a 400 pound pack would make righting itself more difficult than....

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Re: check out this thing

Postby Scott Jackson » Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:49 pm

David wrote:Yeah it's just a matter of time before we cannot distinguish robots from humans. Or maybe we already can't, we just don't know it?


Are you serious David?

You still can't spot them???

They're still a little buggy but they are among us.

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Re: check out this thing

Postby camillo jr » Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:44 pm

Scott Jackson wrote:
David wrote:Yeah it's just a matter of time before we cannot distinguish robots from humans. Or maybe we already can't, we just don't know it?


Are you serious David?

You still can't spot them???


Psssst.... check this out first...... at 1:08.... might not want to get him riled up! :mrgreen:
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