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2013-03-01 11:18:14 AM
Yes, but can this robot assist in creating a buttfumble?
 
2013-03-01 11:44:36 AM
To get the job done, the 240-pound quadruped...

To me, THAT'S the most impressive part. 240 pounds is completely manageable. I figured the thing would weigh a ton. Needs quieter feet, though.
 
2013-03-01 11:48:34 AM
Ok, so they have built a mini goliath. let me know when the GOL-1H is ready for production.
 
2013-03-01 11:54:44 AM
I have to say, they've made him MUCH quieter... Video #3 is cool, but he sounds like 3 remote control airplanes buzzing your head.
 
2013-03-01 11:59:03 AM
A Cinder-block only weighs 35 or so pounds, that isn't very heavy to chuck a short distance.
 
2013-03-01 11:59:49 AM

Mikey1969: I have to say, they've made him MUCH quieter... Video #3 is cool, but he sounds like 3 remote control airplanes buzzing your head.


Not him... IT, Mikey, IT.
 
2013-03-01 12:00:04 PM
static.giantbomb.com
 
2013-03-01 12:03:44 PM
I can't imagine the algorithms involved with keeping balance while tossing that thing around, let alone just walking.  There are an amazing amount of calculations and reactions involved that we take for granted.  Just to have the motors and servos react in time while not being stressed to failure is ridiculous.

This has got to be a mechanical, computer, electrical, and materials science engineers wet dream project.
 
2013-03-01 12:04:37 PM

Beta Tested: A Cinder-block only weighs 35 or so pounds, that isn't very heavy to chuck a short distance.


I would think that this is one of its least impressive features.  Watching it use the arm to pull an incapacitated "soldier" onto itself and continue walking would be more awesome.
 
2013-03-01 12:07:01 PM
roc6783:
I would think that this is one of its least impressive features.  Watching it use the arm to pull an incapacitated "soldier" onto itself and continue walking would be more awesome.

Oh, it is awesome.  And amazing feat of technical engineering, especially with it maintaining its balance.  The headline just bugged me.  Probably because I don't have any friends.
 
2013-03-01 12:07:06 PM

traylor: Mikey1969: I have to say, they've made him MUCH quieter... Video #3 is cool, but he sounds like 3 remote control airplanes buzzing your head.

Not him... IT, Mikey, IT.


Once you give it a name like Big Dog, and it's that damned adorable, 'it' becomes a "he" to me.... ;-)
 
2013-03-01 12:09:22 PM

Cuyose: I can't imagine the algorithms involved with keeping balance while tossing that thing around, let alone just walking.  There are an amazing amount of calculations and reactions involved that we take for granted.  Just to have the motors and servos react in time while not being stressed to failure is ridiculous.

This has got to be a mechanical, computer, electrical, and materials science engineers wet dream project.


AFAIK it's fully hydraulic. The continuous buzzing sound is made by the compressors. Personally, I'm more impressed by Petman, which has only two legs but looks more accurately balanced.
 
2013-03-01 12:09:24 PM
For the rest of my life, I will never tire of the term "buttfumble." It makes me laugh every time.

However, I feel bad for Sanchez. That play could have happened to any number of players, but he's the one stuck with that word forever.
 
2013-03-01 12:09:45 PM

roc6783: Beta Tested: A Cinder-block only weighs 35 or so pounds, that isn't very heavy to chuck a short distance.

I would think that this is one of its least impressive features.  Watching it use the arm to pull an incapacitated "soldier" onto itself and continue walking would be more awesome.


It's all of the adjustments it makes to throw the thing, not just planting its feet and hurling it, but actually winding up and throwing it, like a person would. Also watch the 3rd video, from 3 years ago, of it walking in different conditions, ice, snow, mud, getting kicked from the side, and how it adjusts its footing and balance to compensate. That's why the cinderblock thing is impressive; the way it mimics a human. We're a pretty efficient walking machine, and we're where most walking robots should start for inspiration.
 
2013-03-01 12:11:44 PM

Mikey1969: traylor: Mikey1969: I have to say, they've made him MUCH quieter... Video #3 is cool, but he sounds like 3 remote control airplanes buzzing your head.

Not him... IT, Mikey, IT.

Once you give it a name like Big Dog, and it's that damned adorable, 'it' becomes a "he" to me.... ;-)


images1.wikia.nocookie.net

Approves.

/you don't see movies much, do you
 
2013-03-01 12:17:25 PM
Every day we get closer to my dream of giant autonomous robotic elephants.
 
2013-03-01 12:18:47 PM
Okay, that's pretty scary.

A Predator can blow up your car with a Hellfire missile, but that's just an RC plane flown by a dude.  And a dude had to fuel it, arm and load the missile beforehand.This thing...  It's potentially autonomous.  It can go FIND cinderblocks and KILL me with them.  On it's own.  Or, you know, just toss me off a bridge, apparently.I wasn't buying into the drone hysteria before, but I'm starting to wish I had.
 
2013-03-01 12:23:32 PM
Big Dog scales nicely though, quadruple his size, now he's Jumbo, Robot Elephant. Able to toss people around.

Hydraulics work with identical efficiency regardless of scale.
 
2013-03-01 12:29:09 PM

Mikey1969: traylor: Mikey1969: I have to say, they've made him MUCH quieter... Video #3 is cool, but he sounds like 3 remote control airplanes buzzing your head.

Not him... IT, Mikey, IT.

Once you give it a name like Big Dog, and it's that damned adorable, 'it' becomes a "he" to me.... ;-)


On a related note, I figured out that the sound was just from the engine they power "it" with outdoors. I don't know if it's direct power or electrical generation, but that's what it is, some noisy-ass 2-stroke engine. Even in the older video, when they are indoors with the umbilicus attached, the noise is almost nothing.
 
2013-03-01 12:32:20 PM
Was hoping this would be that BigDog project, I've had videos of that thing bookmarked on youtube since like 2006. The bipedal variation is impressive too.

The age we live in.

(makes me think of the big cargo/security bots in Half Life, Deus Ex, Aliens....)
 
2013-03-01 12:32:28 PM
make sure you have a containment facility built before you stun it.  They are pissy as hell when they wake up

t1.gstatic.com
 
2013-03-01 12:32:45 PM

Mikey1969: roc6783: Beta Tested: ***snip*** and we're where most walking robots should start for inspiration.


Fine, I buy that this is technically impressive, but still maintain that it is not as "Hold my beer, watch this" impressive as other things it could do with that arm.

Also, I sure as hell do not want robots getting inspiration or even understanding the concept of the word.  I've seen those movies, and I would not be an efficient battery.
 
2013-03-01 12:43:11 PM

roc6783: Also, I sure as hell do not want robots getting inspiration or even understanding the concept of the word.  I've seen those movies, and I would not be an efficient battery.


I meant the programmers getting inspiration for how to make the thing function...  I don't need these things becoming self aware either.

OTOH, I don't think "throwing a cinderblock" was supposed to be the focus as much as coordination and balance stuff... The throwing part was just a good way to demonstrate that, they probably could have done some other stuff that was more impressive, but it seems like they have a lot of spare cinderblocks laying around.
 
2013-03-01 01:00:44 PM
Seriously people am I the only person that watched the Terminator movies?
 
2013-03-01 01:02:51 PM
The way that thing walks it looks like 2 gekkos from MGS4 attached back to back.
 
2013-03-01 01:04:30 PM
Was it invented by this guy?

pressthebuttons.typepad.com
 
2013-03-01 01:04:51 PM

dickfreckle: For the rest of my life, I will never tire of the term "buttfumble." It makes me laugh every time.

However, I feel bad for Sanchez. That play could have happened to any number of players, but he's the one stuck with that word forever.


It wouldn't have been nearly as funny happening to somebody else, or some other team.
 
2013-03-01 01:07:36 PM
Jets linemen can be pretty sturdy. At least their butts are.

i48.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-01 01:26:17 PM
This thing is toast after the sequester. Say goodbye to cool science crap, kids. Party's over.
 
2013-03-01 01:33:37 PM
Done in one.
 
2013-03-01 01:55:28 PM

devine: Ok, so they have built a mini goliath. let me know when the GOL-1H is ready for production.


Life is cheap, mechs are expensive!

/clan tech ruined that game.
 
2013-03-01 02:17:17 PM
imageshack.us
 
2013-03-01 02:22:03 PM

McGrits: devine: Ok, so they have built a mini goliath. let me know when the GOL-1H is ready for production.

Life is cheap, mechs are expensive!

/clan tech ruined that game.




This.
 
2013-03-01 02:49:57 PM

Mikey1969: roc6783: Also, I sure as hell do not want robots getting inspiration or even understanding the concept of the word.  I've seen those movies, and I would not be an efficient battery.

I meant the programmers getting inspiration for how to make the thing function...  I don't need these things becoming self aware either.

OTOH, I don't think "throwing a cinderblock" was supposed to be the focus as much as coordination and balance stuff... The throwing part was just a good way to demonstrate that, they probably could have done some other stuff that was more impressive, but it seems like they have a lot of spare cinderblocks laying around.


Getting it to bring me a beer and they got my vote.
 
2013-03-01 02:50:33 PM

roc6783: Getting it to bring me a beer and they got my vote.


Please excuse me while I finish having a stroke.
 
2013-03-01 03:04:50 PM

roc6783: Getting it to bring me a beer and they got my vote.


It seems like it might just be able to do that... It's like Alex from Stroh's.
 
2013-03-01 03:18:55 PM

traylor: Mikey1969: traylor: Mikey1969: I have to say, they've made him MUCH quieter... Video #3 is cool, but he sounds like 3 remote control airplanes buzzing your head.

Not him... IT, Mikey, IT.

Once you give it a name like Big Dog, and it's that damned adorable, 'it' becomes a "he" to me.... ;-)

[images1.wikia.nocookie.net image 576x483]

Approves.

/you don't see movies much, do you


BigDog is actually kind of cute. T-1000 is just terrifying.
 
2013-03-01 03:38:55 PM

Mikey1969: traylor: Mikey1969: I have to say, they've made him MUCH quieter... Video #3 is cool, but he sounds like 3 remote control airplanes buzzing your head.

Not him... IT, Mikey, IT.

Once you give it a name like Big Dog, and it's that damned adorable, 'it' becomes a "he" to me.... ;-)


Just add some truck nuts and there'll be no question.
 
2013-03-01 03:50:24 PM
Well, its hands are made of metal, and robots are strong.
 
2013-03-01 04:08:36 PM

Mikey1969: BigDog is actually kind of cute. T-1000 is just terrifying.


You probably shouldn't look up Boston Dynamic's PETMAN project or ATLAS project, then. ;P
 
2013-03-01 04:11:32 PM
I don't like that it taps its feet like that.  I mean I RTFA and know why but to me it seemed excited to be throwing those cinder blocks and I don't want it to be excited or feel any emotion at all.

I'm frightened Johnny.
 
2013-03-01 04:31:09 PM

Mikey1969: roc6783: Getting it to bring me a beer and they got my vote.

It seems like it might just be able to do that... It's like Alex from Stroh's.


Is there still a Strohs?
 
2013-03-01 04:41:21 PM

rwfan: Mikey1969: roc6783: Getting it to bring me a beer and they got my vote.

It seems like it might just be able to do that... It's like Alex from Stroh's.

Is there still a Strohs?


I'm not really sure, but that commercial has to be kept alive for all the young 'uns out there...
 
2013-03-01 05:31:45 PM
Has the weirdest boner right now:
i.cdn.turner.com
 
2013-03-01 06:03:42 PM
This thread is everything I love about the geek tab.
 
2013-03-01 06:15:19 PM

Mikey1969: rwfan: Mikey1969: roc6783: Getting it to bring me a beer and they got my vote.

It seems like it might just be able to do that... It's like Alex from Stroh's.

Is there still a Strohs?

I'm not really sure, but that commercial has to be kept alive for all the young 'uns out there...


www.baseballforum.com
/my first can of beer, *sniff*
 
2013-03-01 06:21:44 PM

Mikey1969: I have to say, they've made him MUCH quieter... Video #3 is cool, but he sounds like 3 remote control airplanes buzzing your head.


This version is tethered to power cables. The noisy version is the autonomous unit running off of a diesel engine.

I'm not sure how they'll be able to fix that issue short of a real revolution in battery storage power.
 
2013-03-01 06:27:05 PM

rwfan: Mikey1969: rwfan: Mikey1969: roc6783: Getting it to bring me a beer and they got my vote.

It seems like it might just be able to do that... It's like Alex from Stroh's.

Is there still a Strohs?

I'm not really sure, but that commercial has to be kept alive for all the young 'uns out there...

[www.baseballforum.com image 481x303]
/my first can of beer, *sniff*


Mine was "Black Label", right there along with "Milwaukee's Best" as shiat in a can.
 
2013-03-01 07:34:57 PM

Some 'Splainin' To Do: Mikey1969: I have to say, they've made him MUCH quieter... Video #3 is cool, but he sounds like 3 remote control airplanes buzzing your head.

This version is tethered to power cables. The noisy version is the autonomous unit running off of a diesel engine.

I'm not sure how they'll be able to fix that issue short of a real revolution in battery storage power.



My guess: solid oxide fuel cells.  As long as the heat can be dissipated or fenced off to prevent a grassfire whenever the dog lies down.  And that may be easier with SOFC operating temps coming down.
 
2013-03-01 08:53:51 PM

Prussian_Roulette: Some 'Splainin' To Do: Mikey1969: I have to say, they've made him MUCH quieter... Video #3 is cool, but he sounds like 3 remote control airplanes buzzing your head.

This version is tethered to power cables. The noisy version is the autonomous unit running off of a diesel engine.

I'm not sure how they'll be able to fix that issue short of a real revolution in battery storage power.


My guess: solid oxide fuel cells.  As long as the heat can be dissipated or fenced off to prevent a grassfire whenever the dog lies down.  And that may be easier with SOFC operating temps coming down.




I see these things dropping off ammo.
 
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