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    • CommentAuthorRob
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2008
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    This is the best articulated and balanced robot that I believe I've ever seen.

    http://gizmodo.com/368651/new-video-of-bigdog-quadruped-robot-is-so-stunning-its-spooky
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    i hoped this was about the record label, which became ronotic empire. sad face.
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    My god, that's amazing... the way it keeps it's balance looks so natural.... the bit where it's on ice especially Oo
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2008
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    @joe.distort Umm... but then you watched the video and saw that it was pure awesome though, right?
    And now your sad face is distorted into the same crazy grin as mine?

    Did you see that thing regaining its balance on the ice?
    Oh, man, YES!
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2008
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    @Paul Duffield - Ha! I swear your post wasn't there yet when I typed that. The ice catch was indeed so awesome. So was the recovery from the kick.

    And now I will try to contain myself and stop vapidly enthusing into this thread.
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    its awesome, but robotic advancements scare the shit out of me. i dont know if thats a good thing or if im just an old man in spirit.
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    Awesome video to watch. It's great to see how far they've come with this model.
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      CommentAuthorJWH
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2008 edited
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    aaaaand here's the next step in the evolution of robo-dog warfare.

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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2008
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    Is it just me, or is there a kind of creepy "Silent Hill" look about it? It's pure awesome, but I would be VERY scared if I was on the opposing side and saw that with a gun mounted heading towards me. It gives me the impression that no matter where I run to, it WILL find me and it won't stop until it does.
    • CommentAuthorRob
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2008
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    Glad you guys enjoy it as much as I do. I'm really hoping that it's military applications also turn into peaceful ones. Actuators and balance sensors like that one could launch prosthetics into the "Shadowrun ZOMG lookit his cyberlegs!" level of technology. On the military end... it's got terrifying possibilities. Especially when you consider

    http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/sciencetech/atlantas-real-life-robocop/837 (there is a picture of the odd patrol agent linked in the article)
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      CommentAuthorliquidcow
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2008 edited
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    That thing is amazing, but creepy. It looks like something out of Half Life 2. It's sort of true what the article says, it's so lifelike that you almost feel bad for it when they kick it to demonstrate it finding its balance again, but at the same time I'm bizarrely grossed out by it like it's a giant spider or something.

    @ JWH - ha ha, Death Machine! I saw that movie years ago!
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2008
     (1446.12)
    When this thing gets around to humping legs, there will be blood.
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    There's no way that's not just two guys with really skinny legs and really tiny bodies harnessed up together like a pantomime horse.

    That's incredible!
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      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
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    Very cool, but they're gonna have to do something about that noise it makes.
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      CommentAuthorliquidcow
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
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    Very cool, but they're gonna have to do something about that noise it makes.


    Well I don't think it's going to matter when they attach some giant subwoofers to it and ride around blaring out gangsta rap.
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      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
     (1446.16)
    Okay...so who else watched that and said to themselves, "I wonder if I could put a saddle on that?"
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      CommentAuthorStew
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
     (1446.17)
    Okay...so who else watched that and said to themselves, "I wonder if I could put a saddle on that?"

    *Sheepishly raises his hand...*
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
     (1446.18)
    Remember, 5-10 years after the US deploys these terrorists will be strapping satchel charges to knock-offs.
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      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
     (1446.19)
    Remember, 5-10 years after the US deploys these terrorists will be strapping satchel charges to knock-offs.

    But if you've got to go, "blown up by robot deerdog" isn't that bad.
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      CommentAuthorMegaGoosey
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
     (1446.20)
    Yeah I saw that thing a few days ago. Creepy as shit.