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2012-09-20 11:46:22 AM
I would shiat myself if I saw that thing coming at me in the woods.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-09-20 11:53:27 AM
Does it dance? That would be cool.
 
2012-09-20 11:53:52 AM
Does not approve
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2012-09-20 12:06:22 PM
I'm a cowboy on a steel robot pony I ride, wanted dead or a alive.
 
-Slippery When Moist
 
2012-09-20 12:13:14 PM
Call me when they put a turret on the thing... then it will be cool
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-09-20 12:59:40 PM
If they make a robot pig it might scare the Taliban types.
 
2012-09-20 01:04:06 PM

vpb: If they make a robot pig it might scare the Taliban types.


The Baconator?
 
2012-09-20 03:28:24 PM
farking DARPA will kill us all.
 
2012-09-20 03:49:22 PM
I dunno. How many hundreds of thousands of dollars went into that thing (if not millions) and what
does it do? It carries 100 lbs of stuff.

Yes, it's cool looking and yes, I'd probably shiat myself if I saw it trundling toward me in the middle
of nowhere. But the fact of the matter is that it a weapon, it isn't troop transport. It's a 250 pound
valet.

Still, it's kinda cute. The footage at the end of a couple of them trotting around in a field was sweet.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is what you get when an AT-AT farks a horse.
 
2012-09-20 03:57:42 PM

digitalrain: I dunno. How many hundreds of thousands of dollars went into that thing (if not millions) and what
does it do? It carries 100 lbs of stuff.

Yes, it's cool looking and yes, I'd probably shiat myself if I saw it trundling toward me in the middle
of nowhere. But the fact of the matter is that it a weapon, it isn't troop transport. It's a 250 pound
valet.


I could see loading up smaller, less sophisticated versions of these with, say, 50 pounds of high explosives and sending them on suicide missions into enemy bunkers/fortifications.
 
2012-09-20 03:59:16 PM
What a twist!
 
2012-09-20 03:59:54 PM

Funbags: digitalrain: I dunno. How many hundreds of thousands of dollars went into that thing (if not millions) and what
does it do? It carries 100 lbs of stuff.

Yes, it's cool looking and yes, I'd probably shiat myself if I saw it trundling toward me in the middle
of nowhere. But the fact of the matter is that it a weapon, it isn't troop transport. It's a 250 pound
valet.

I could see loading up smaller, less sophisticated versions of these with, say, 50 pounds of high explosives and sending them on suicide missions into enemy bunkers/fortifications.


That'd be one hella expensive bomb, though.
 
2012-09-20 04:18:59 PM

Funbags: digitalrain: I dunno. How many hundreds of thousands of dollars went into that thing (if not millions) and what
does it do? It carries 100 lbs of stuff.

Yes, it's cool looking and yes, I'd probably shiat myself if I saw it trundling toward me in the middle
of nowhere. But the fact of the matter is that it a weapon, it isn't troop transport. It's a 250 pound
valet.

I could see loading up smaller, less sophisticated versions of these with, say, 50 pounds of high explosives and sending them on suicide missions into enemy bunkers/fortifications.


(knock knock),

"Who is it?"

"Landshark"
 
2012-09-20 04:22:38 PM

digitalrain: I dunno. How many hundreds of thousands of dollars went into that thing (if not millions) and what
does it do? It carries 100 lbs of stuff.

Yes, it's cool looking and yes, I'd probably shiat myself if I saw it trundling toward me in the middle
of nowhere. But the fact of the matter is that it a weapon, it isn't troop transport. It's a 250 pound
valet.


The video got it wrong, I've read elsewhere that it actually carries 500 lbs of stuff. The Wikipedia entry for Big Dog says that it carries 340 lbs, but it that doesn't look quite like this one. Other articles I can find off the top of my head say anywhere between 400 and 500 lbs.

The development contract was 3 million dollars.

DARPA is fundamentally a research agency. Their job is to promote fundamental research with potential military applications, and they're much closer to something like the NSF than a defense contractor. One fundamental question is what roles can a robot play on the future battlefield? On our way there, we get to do a bunch of cool fundamental research into robotics on the side.

Science ain't cheap, but often yields huge rewards. The cost of this development contract is just 3 million dollars per year over three years. That's a third of a cent per year per citizen. You also employ a whole team of engineers on the side, who are doing something that is literally a world-first.

This is one research area that has obvious civilian benefits in addition to military benefits. This could be used by first responders in emergencies, it could be used by civilian workers that have to carry equipment places that aren't accessible by vehicle, it could be adapted to mount heavy machinery, it could carry a large amount of equipment into hazardous environments, etc.

As a military vehicle, this will replace actual pack animals that are still in use by our military in difficult terrain. Militarily, a robot does not scare, will not bolt, can carry more, doesn't need to be fed or watered, and doesn't need to rest. This current model can walk 20-30 miles on a tank of gas. As a platform for future growth, certainly this thing will eventually carry weapons of it's own and could serve many other battlefield functions aside.

Don't be a fuddy duddy.
 
2012-09-20 04:30:19 PM
I'm sorry, but that thing looks like it would break down pretty easily (more parts, more things that can go wrong), leaving troops stranded with 500 pounds of gear they have to abandon. It's also really slow. Nor did they display that it can go over rough terrain.
 
2012-09-20 04:35:57 PM
Is there a Dutch chick blowing one yet?
 
2012-09-20 04:43:32 PM
Soon, we will have galactic police officers riding robotic steeds. (Ah old cartoons)
 
2012-09-20 05:31:49 PM
Look at our horse. Our horse is amazing.
 
2012-09-20 05:54:13 PM
Ir's a houndeye! uguu~
 
2012-09-20 06:38:55 PM
Meh! I had one back in the 80s and it even won a beauty contest once.
 
2012-09-20 06:56:47 PM
Uhm... has someone told the Military that there already exist something that can carry over 100 pounds, is self healing, has A.I., is Sure footed, and does not require electricity. it's called Equus ferus caballus, you may know it as "the horse". The army used to have hundreds of them...
 
2012-09-20 07:39:17 PM
My primary function is love.

My secondary function is area denial.

Will you love me?
 
2012-09-20 07:45:21 PM

theflinx: Uhm... has someone told the Military that there already exist something that can carry over 100 pounds, is self healing, has A.I., is Sure footed, and does not require electricity. it's called Equus ferus caballus, you may know it as "the horse". The army used to have hundreds of them...


Oh, you mean those things that need ready access to food and potable water, and are prone to panic when exposed to adverse conditions such as being confined in their own filth for hours on airplanes, being dropped from helicopters, being shot, being overloaded, etc.

The military used to use flintlock rifles and black powder, thus they would be WAY better than these fancy-schmancy accurate-from-long-range, automatically reloading machine guns they use now, AMIRITE?
 
2012-09-20 07:50:12 PM

Funbags: theflinx: Uhm... has someone told the Military that there already exist something that can carry over 100 pounds, is self healing, has A.I., is Sure footed, and does not require electricity. it's called Equus ferus caballus, you may know it as "the horse". The army used to have hundreds of them...

Oh, you mean those things that need ready access to food and potable water, and are prone to panic when exposed to adverse conditions such as being confined in their own filth for hours on airplanes, being dropped from helicopters, being shot, being overloaded, etc.

The military used to use flintlock rifles and black powder, thus they would be WAY better than these fancy-schmancy accurate-from-long-range, automatically reloading machine guns they use now, AMIRITE?


Depends on the mission. A SAW is a cute toy compared to what a double load of grape shot from a cannon will do. Sometimes, there's only one target at the objective.

Hell, special ops people still use sledge hammers on occasion. A real live horse can still be an asset.

But a robotic horse can programed to eat the dead at night. . .
 
2012-09-20 10:45:57 PM
Its too bad they couldn't make it absolutely perfect the first time. It should at least carry 70 tons. Walk, swim and fly. Automatically heal soldiers and be fully armed to take down a division of tanks.


/s
 
2012-09-20 11:24:39 PM
So this is the current iteration of the Boston Dynamic's "Big Dog" project?
 
2012-09-20 11:30:59 PM
Looks more like a hippo than a horse.

How bout we stop reinventing pack animals and start reinventing the soldier?
 
2012-09-20 11:56:06 PM

Giltric: Looks more like a hippo than a horse.

How bout we stop reinventing pack animals and start reinventing the soldier?


We did.

Historically speaking, the top American soldiers are spineless cowards who don't even have the balls to face their enemies in thrilling single combat. Projectiles are for cowards.

Actually, they're every bit as brave and honorable as any other crew of warriors, but the nature of the weapons requires different tactics. No longer is naked and covered in woad acceptable.
 
2012-09-21 12:52:24 AM
War never changes.
 
2012-09-21 01:47:28 AM
Forget all the war crap- I just want to ride one while wearing a Bravestar costume.
 
2012-09-21 02:03:48 AM
Does it still sound like a cheap chainsaw?

Link
 
2012-09-21 02:36:28 AM
Version 2.0 will turn into a plane when you stroke on its mane and then turn back again when you tug on its winkie.
 
2012-09-21 02:44:53 AM
Rodney D'Armand approves.
 
2012-09-21 10:19:29 AM

Ape Shiat Nuts: Version 2.0 will turn into a plane when you stroke on its mane and then turn back again when you tug on its winkie.


Oooh, that's nasty.
 
2012-09-21 08:46:31 PM

HeartBurnKid: Ape Shiat Nuts: Version 2.0 will turn into a plane when you stroke on its mane and then turn back again when you tug on its winkie.

Oooh, that's nasty.


Do you think so? Well, I better not show you the lemonade dispenser.

/Sweet lemonade! Mmm, sweet lemonade!
 
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