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(Huffington Post)   US military builds the battle mech you've seen in every sci-fi movie. You know the one you fantasize about: runs, climbs, does push-ups, and kills peaceful aliens   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 106
    More: Cool, Boston Dynamics, DARPA, safety gear, humanoid robot, robots, physiology  
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2012-04-15 12:56:19 PM  
it doesn't have ER PPCs, thus...it fails.
 
2012-04-15 12:58:07 PM  
Who suggested digging a moat to fight zombies?!?

The video was impressive. However the Huff Post messes up another would be cool story with stupid.
 
2012-04-15 12:59:15 PM  

Weaver95: it doesn't have ER PPCs, thus...it fails.


I was hopeful for double heat sinks and a rail gun.
 
2012-04-15 01:00:53 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Weaver95: it doesn't have ER PPCs, thus...it fails.

I was hopeful for double heat sinks and a rail gun.


a NARC beacon wouldn't hurt either.
 
2012-04-15 01:06:31 PM  
You go tag'em. I'll be over here standing in the river.
 
2012-04-15 01:19:12 PM  
Call me when the tether comes off.
 
2012-04-15 01:21:34 PM  
Do you have stairs in your house?
 
2012-04-15 01:29:40 PM  
So it can sit in INOP status for 4 weeks at the motor pool because you can't get parts for it? Awesome!
 
2012-04-15 02:20:37 PM  
First it need two Gatlings for arms and a Javelin launcher on the back
 
2012-04-15 02:24:54 PM  
img.photobucket.com

Obligatory.
 
2012-04-15 02:25:00 PM  
I saw that shiat in a Herbie Hancock video back in the 80's. I prefer ASIMO (new window).
 
2012-04-15 02:25:34 PM  
That is not a100 ton atlas. Why are you such a farking liar, subby?
 
2012-04-15 02:35:11 PM  
Just in case anyone is interested, here's a video from Mech Warfare. (new window)
 
2012-04-15 02:36:22 PM  
It's cool and all, but, I keep thinking that the Clan Power armor would be a better military investment seeing as to the nature of current engagements.

1 man, mobile enclosed armor with embedded weapons, environmental, and communications systems.
 
2012-04-15 02:47:08 PM  
Anyone else have "Staying Alive" playing in their head during the walking segment?
 
2012-04-15 02:47:53 PM  
The rock climbing shoes are a little scary.

I'm pretty sure Boston Dynamics has a cyborg hand in a safe somewhere that they use for design hints.

MoronLessOff

Whoever built that yellow spider needs some grant money.
 
2012-04-15 02:49:33 PM  

Glitchwerks: [img.photobucket.com image 550x666]

Obligatory.


Came here to post that.
/shakes tiny fist
 
2012-04-15 02:50:02 PM  

studebaker hoch: The rock climbing shoes are a little scary.

I'm pretty sure Boston Dynamics has a cyborg hand in a safe somewhere that they use for design hints.

MoronLessOff

Whoever built that yellow spider needs some grant money.


I think that's Immortal. I've seen a few other videos of it. I have to wonder what it would take to upscale that beast.
 
2012-04-15 02:55:03 PM  

Virtual Pariah: It's cool and all, but, I keep thinking that the Clan Power armor would be a better military investment seeing as to the nature of current engagements.

1 man, mobile enclosed armor with embedded weapons, environmental, and communications systems.


I agree. It seems like a relatively slow, ~15 meter high target would be easy prey for missiles (en masse if necessary). They would also be worthless in any rough or forested terrain.
 
2012-04-15 03:00:42 PM  

knumbersix: Anyone else have "Staying Alive" playing in their head during the walking segment?


On the chance you're not aware of this, enjoy: Link (new window)
 
2012-04-15 03:03:28 PM  
If it's able to climb stairs, it puts us ahead of the Daleks.

Cybermen however still pose a significant threat.
 
2012-04-15 03:05:13 PM  
That's not a battle mech. A battle mech would be something a human would climb in and control. That's more of a droid.
 
2012-04-15 03:06:19 PM  
Didn't Honda do this years ago?
 
2012-04-15 03:07:23 PM  

miltonbabbitt: I saw that shiat in a Herbie Hancock video back in the 80's. I prefer ASIMO (new window).


Idle thought: Haven't heard much about ASIMO being used for any of the help near the nuclear disaster.
 
2012-04-15 03:14:28 PM  
 
2012-04-15 03:17:56 PM  
Not what I was expecting...

/See you on the bounce.
 
2012-04-15 03:18:19 PM  
It's using a "hand" on the wall to balance itself, the cheater.

s3-ak.buzzfed.com
 
2012-04-15 03:19:32 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-04-15 03:20:05 PM  
This thread is worthless without QWOP (new window).
 
2012-04-15 03:22:59 PM  
I, for one, am grateful for our new robotic overlo...I mean protectors.

/also obligatory
//looks over shoulder nervously
 
2012-04-15 03:23:02 PM  
When the slow motion part that was shot from the top of the stairs was playing I couldn't help but think that it may be similar to the last thing many of us humans will see when the robots finally take over. It was kinda creepy being shot from that perspective. Like seeing first person view of someone who has run upstairs to hide and then suddenly see's this horrible looking robot rising up the stairs in pursuit.

As for those mech warrior mini robot battles, I had no idea they existed. They actually seem really cool. I mean, it was a little bit lame that the weapons system in that vid was so puny. For most of the vid I could hardly see if anything was even being fired and the rounds seemed to have zero effect on the robots. But the engineering and skill behind those robots looks awesome. The spider one particularly. It just looked really damn cool.
 
2012-04-15 03:23:32 PM  

Ed Finnerty: Didn't Honda do this years ago?


I think the goal of PETMAN is to have a robot capable of navigating hazardous environments by itself, without human intervention.

The stated goal is to have a hazardous environment rescue robot, but you know that people are also evaluating this kind of thing for military use.

Honda's thing, ASIMO, is more intended as a public relations platform. It's also half the size and much slower than PETMAN.

I don't know if they show it in this video, but one of the goals for PETMAN would be the ability to navigate in highly variable or dangerous terrain. Or, even, shifting terrain. There's another video where they show it jogging up an incline, and even how it can recover and stay balanced after someone kicks it in the side.
 
2012-04-15 03:29:57 PM  

miltonbabbitt: I saw that shiat in a Herbie Hancock video back in the 80's. I prefer ASIMO (new window).


I was even more impressed with ASMIO in this video. (new window)
 
2012-04-15 03:32:45 PM  
This is the future of the US military. First, we will replace the planes with robots. Then, we will replace the tanks. Next, the soldiers.

And then we will finally be able to fight casualty free wars with impunity. Because, you know, the deaths on the other side don't count.

The world has about two decades left before the robotic occupation. Enjoy it while you can!
 
2012-04-15 03:33:01 PM  

Virtual Pariah: It's cool and all, but, I keep thinking that the Clan Power armor would be a better military investment seeing as to the nature of current engagements.

1 man, mobile enclosed armor with embedded weapons, environmental, and communications systems.


the problem with clan power armor is you need 7-8 foot tall genetically engineered super-soldiers to go with it.
 
2012-04-15 03:33:11 PM  
i486.photobucket.com
But the world's most hyped robot, Japan's ASIMO, can dance, walk across a stage and sometimes doesn't get confused at doors.
 
2012-04-15 03:37:38 PM  
They're always shoving and kicking these things in the video. That's what's gonna do it. One day it's going to shove back. And then we're done for.
 
2012-04-15 03:38:00 PM  
First thing I thought of...

foddy.net
 
2012-04-15 03:38:53 PM  
www.beastsofwar.com


Yo dog, I heard you like power armor so I put power armor on your power armor
 
2012-04-15 03:48:08 PM  

2wolves: Call me when the tether comes off.


On the off chance you're not joking- that's just a safety tether. It's slack during operation, but if the robot were to fall it would stop it before it landed on something expensive (or human).

One of the ways they program robots to do things is through repeating the same basic actions many many times with slight random variations. You don't want to rebuild your whole robot when it guesses wrong.
 
2012-04-15 03:48:14 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-04-15 04:02:07 PM  
Also...
i232.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-15 04:25:58 PM  

SomeAmerican: The world has about two decades left before the robotic occupation. Enjoy it while you can!


People harp on the loss of life because a good sob story plays well with the media, but what decides the war is how much it costs to maintain. Even the most bleeding heart liberal will throw soldiers into the meat grinder if they can do it at an affordable price and personal benefit. What happens to the people involved is a secondary concern.
...Which is a shame, because Sun Tzu even recognized that people were important. But at this point I'm not even sure victory is the real goal. Tzu would have told them to go old-testament on Afghanistan and the whole deal would be won by now, but a decade later the war lingers on.

I think the point of modern war, for both parties, is laundering money from federal coffers to benefit personal campaigns. To that end I think robots could reduce casualties and allow us to take action in more situations, but they'll never be fielded with the intent of winning.
Winning is counter productive.

/The psychological effect of hunting down Taliban with Terminators would be pretty awesome tho.
 
2012-04-15 04:39:57 PM  

way south: /The psychological effect of hunting down Taliban with Terminators would be pretty awesome tho.


It won't be funny though when they're used to break up a demonstration. Imagine a line of those things coming at you with various "non-lethal" weapons.

/don't throw rocks at the terminators
//it just p*sses them off
 
2012-04-15 05:02:20 PM  
There really needs to be a "Haters Gonna Hate" .gif of the "Staying Alive" Petman robot.
 
2012-04-15 05:13:36 PM  

zato_ichi: There really needs to be a "Haters Gonna Hate" .gif of the "Staying Alive" Petman robot.


Link (new window)
 
2012-04-15 05:19:11 PM  
cr4.globalspec.com
 
2012-04-15 05:26:12 PM  

BigBooper: way south: /The psychological effect of hunting down Taliban with Terminators would be pretty awesome tho.

It won't be funny though when they're used to break up a demonstration. Imagine a line of those things coming at you with various "non-lethal" weapons.

/don't throw rocks at the terminators
//it just p*sses them off


Why would they bother?
It's like sending an M1 tank to deal with a riot when regular police work just fine. since the current version would be human driven, it's judgement and accountability won't change.

I think by the time these things filter down to make you a faceless automated police force with loyalty to the elite programmed in, many other things will have gone horribly wrong.
 
2012-04-15 05:37:46 PM  
Same company that did BigDog , a 4 legged version that was self balancing, they kick it and it auto-corrects.
I highly suggest you watch the video, especially if you've seen BigDog before.


Not the video with the best kick, but still pretty farking cool. (new window)
 
2012-04-15 06:01:06 PM  

Fubini: 2wolves: Call me when the tether comes off.

On the off chance you're not joking- that's just a safety tether. It's slack during operation, but if the robot were to fall it would stop it before it landed on something expensive (or human).

One of the ways they program robots to do things is through repeating the same basic actions many many times with slight random variations. You don't want to rebuild your whole robot when it guesses wrong.


You're saying all its power is on board? Really?

If so can you provide a citation. Not jumping on your program, just interested.
 
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