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2012-09-06 08:53:26 AM
I thought it was running backwards.
 
2012-09-06 09:12:46 AM
Can't wait until they start dressing these machines up a bit
 
2012-09-06 09:24:01 AM
Tethered...somehow that takes away something from the idea.
 
2012-09-06 09:26:55 AM

indarwinsshadow: Tethered...somehow that takes away something from the idea.


It's probably just a prototype, why bother making a wireless interface for it if you're still building and changing it?
 
2012-09-06 09:55:43 AM

axalon: indarwinsshadow: Tethered...somehow that takes away something from the idea.

It's probably just a prototype, why bother making a wireless interface for it if you're still building and changing it?


I think he meant the massive metal arm holding the thing from the side, not the wires.
 
2012-09-06 09:57:27 AM
what if they attached laser beams for eyes, and dressed it up as scooby doo?
 
2012-09-06 10:07:02 AM
They're building slamhounds Link
 
2012-09-06 10:22:00 AM
A tether doesn't do anything unless you fall.... You could see the thing really struggling at the end, I've felt the same way on the treadmill before, I can sympathize.
 
2012-09-06 10:48:33 AM
Don't even need to arm them. Just have them run into people at 30 mph.

/imaplement spikes optional.
 
2012-09-06 11:01:07 AM
One step closer.
t3.gstatic.com
 
2012-09-06 11:04:00 AM
I wonder how much power it requires to run like that. That may be the next hurdle, providing enough power to get it to run long distances.
 
2012-09-06 11:51:06 AM
How cool would it be to rent one of these as a robot sherpa for long hikes? Slap on a solar cell and you cool wander most anywhere.
 
2012-09-06 11:51:40 AM

indarwinsshadow: Tethered...somehow that takes away something from the idea.


Yeah, since it's not actually supporting itself at that speed, it sort of nullifies the end result. For all we know, if Bolt had been supported like that, he probably could have run faster.
 
2012-09-06 11:52:03 AM

chasd00: I wonder how much power it requires to run like that. That may be the next hurdle, providing enough power to get it to run long distances.


Unicorn farts. obviously.
 
2012-09-06 11:52:15 AM

fickenchucker: How cool would it be to rent one of these as a robot sherpa for long hikes? Slap on a solar cell and you cool wander most anywhere.




--could--

You could wander most anywhere.
 
2012-09-06 11:55:21 AM
Saddle and a steering wheel sadly missing.
 
2012-09-06 11:58:16 AM

Okoboji: indarwinsshadow: Tethered...somehow that takes away something from the idea.

Yeah, since it's not actually supporting itself at that speed, it sort of nullifies the end result. For all we know, if Bolt had been supported like that, he probably could have run faster.


It's a power/safety set up. The tethers don't support the bot.
 
2012-09-06 12:07:17 PM
Pretty cool for running in a straight line on a flat surface, wonder how well it would handle turning though. With such a narrow base, it seems like it would flip right over unless it really slowed down.
 
2012-09-06 12:29:52 PM
Did pieces of Usain Bolt start flying off at 14 mph? Check out :14 into the video. Gimpy robots will be a doddle.
 
2012-09-06 12:37:34 PM
Treadmill doesn't offer and wind resistance.
 
2012-09-06 12:56:41 PM
call me when it's not on a tether linked to a ginormous computer.

/fail
 
2012-09-06 01:03:35 PM
oldnewsissoexciting
 
2012-09-06 01:20:57 PM

Maynotlast: Did pieces of Usain Bolt start flying off at 14 mph? Check out :14 into the video. Gimpy robots will be a doddle.


Came here to say this. Something definitely fell off. probably the muffler.
 
2012-09-06 01:29:41 PM

munko: chasd00: I wonder how much power it requires to run like that. That may be the next hurdle, providing enough power to get it to run long distances.

Unicorn farts. obviously.


glitter as a power source? genius!
 
2012-09-06 01:55:19 PM

Ego edo infantia cattus: Maynotlast: Did pieces of Usain Bolt start flying off at 14 mph? Check out :14 into the video. Gimpy robots will be a doddle.

Came here to say this. Something definitely fell off. probably the muffler.


Came here to say this. Something definitely fell off. probably the muffler.
 
2012-09-06 02:29:21 PM

MoronLessOff: Okoboji: indarwinsshadow: Tethered...somehow that takes away something from the idea.

Yeah, since it's not actually supporting itself at that speed, it sort of nullifies the end result. For all we know, if Bolt had been supported like that, he probably could have run faster.

It's a power/safety set up. The tethers don't support the bot.


I'm assuming they're in place to keep it from going through the front door if it trips or stumbles. But...it also looks like it's supporting the device.
 
2012-09-06 02:59:03 PM

stonelotus: munko: chasd00: I wonder how much power it requires to run like that. That may be the next hurdle, providing enough power to get it to run long distances.

Unicorn farts. obviously.

glitter as a power source? genius!


Power it by burning free kittens. There is never a shortage of them. And they are free.
 
2012-09-06 03:01:14 PM

indarwinsshadow: MoronLessOff: Okoboji: indarwinsshadow: Tethered...somehow that takes away something from the idea.

Yeah, since it's not actually supporting itself at that speed, it sort of nullifies the end result. For all we know, if Bolt had been supported like that, he probably could have run faster.

It's a power/safety set up. The tethers don't support the bot.

I'm assuming they're in place to keep it from going through the front door if it trips or stumbles. But...it also looks like it's supporting the device.


From DARPA:

"The current version of the Cheetah robot is powered by an off-board hydraulic pump and uses a boom-like device to keep it running in the center of the treadmill."
 
2012-09-06 04:14:46 PM
I understand the next version of Curiosity is going to have a couple of BigDogs and some packbots tossed in that will wander around, sample, explore, photograph, and then return to the Curiosity when they need an RTG battery boost. It would be very cool to see the Cheetah added to that. Apparently the nice thing is that the current version of BigDog and packbot is almost totally self assembling, so they believe they can be easily constructed out of the Curiosity arm.
 
2012-09-06 04:15:21 PM

RoyBatty: so they believe they can be easily constructed out of the Curiosity arm.


Whoops to be precise I meant "with the Curiosity arm".
 
2012-09-06 05:16:18 PM
External power, external hydraulic pressure, external control, suspension boom for support/leveling/alighment... They made a hanging actuator pack that can flail its legs around very quickly.

Interesting in its own right, but a far cry from what the headline/article depict. The current iteration of "Big Dog" can be cut loose and wander around the packing lot under its own power/direction. This iteration will be successful when i see it hauling ass down main street chasing cars and/or terrified mail men.
 
2012-09-06 07:52:42 PM

MoronLessOff: Okoboji: indarwinsshadow: Tethered...somehow that takes away something from the idea.

Yeah, since it's not actually supporting itself at that speed, it sort of nullifies the end result. For all we know, if Bolt had been supported like that, he probably could have run faster.

It's a power/safety set up. The tethers don't support the bot.


I'm aware of that, but it's being supported by a hydraulic bar in it's side; that's what I was referring to.
 
2012-09-06 09:00:31 PM
They're trying to build the exo suit for Crying Wolf from MGS 4. When they are successful, we will all suffer for it...
 
2012-09-06 10:52:18 PM
This is starting to seem less scary.
www.toysyouhad.com
 
2012-09-07 01:54:02 PM
05.images.fireden.net
 
2012-09-07 08:42:13 PM
Why don't they just stick wheels on the thing? It would go a lot faster.
 
2012-09-07 09:34:44 PM

yourmomlovestetris: Why don't they just stick wheels on the thing? It would go a lot faster.


Or they could put it on a tandem bicycle.
 
2012-09-07 10:40:47 PM
So this is how it's going to end...
 
2012-09-07 11:21:40 PM
Soon...

www.rankopedia.com
 
2012-09-08 05:43:47 AM

RoyBatty: I understand the next version of Curiosity is going to have a couple of BigDogs and some packbots tossed in that will wander around, sample, explore, photograph, and then return to the Curiosity when they need an RTG battery boost. It would be very cool to see the Cheetah added to that. Apparently the nice thing is that the current version of BigDog and packbot is almost totally self assembling, so they believe they can be easily constructed out of the Curiosity arm.


i'd rather just send a capsule with a couple of bigdogs in it, fark all that rover noise. given the lower gravity they could easily weigh a lot more than normal on earth but do just fine out there.
 
2012-09-09 03:24:32 AM
call me when they've got rat things. kthxb
 
2012-09-09 09:17:19 PM

BenJammin: I thought it was running backwards.


I'm glad I'm not the only one. If it's design was based on biology, it seems like it was going the wrong way.
 
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