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    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2009
    Or a Gavity gun...
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    I fucked those Hunters up with logs.

    Logs that were riddled with their own flechettes.
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2009
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2009

    I first heard about Big Dog through Richard Stanley discussing what he'd do with a remake or sequel to Hardware. He reckoned he wouldn't have to use special effects for his killer robots any more...
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    If we can’t bomb them from above at least we can do it with robot pack mules, right?
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2009
    Oh God, I'm having Army @ Love flashbacks... Here we go to a corporation war with high tech and Motivation and Morale propaganda.
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2009
    Assuming it's relatively quick on its feet, and doesn't require that much power, this would be a great idea. While local mule handlers are currently inexpensive, cheap, and quiet, their handlers have been known to occasionally sell patrols and convoys out to militants. The problem is though, I don't see how these things could have that far of a range, and in a firefight your equipment carrier is going to be an obvious target. I can't see these things moving quicker than a few miles an hour...
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    @DC - I picked up Army @ Love today for a quick scan, and realised just how similar the two concepts are. Weird.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2009
    Oh you're going to love it. There were some things I thought were impossible nowadays (like a robot spy fly) but they aren't (see grinding here). It's one of those books I get chills reading because the "future" it shows is right here, right now.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2009
    Since this seems to have evolved into the general purpose military robotics thread;

    Israel develops Robot Snake.

    • CommentAuthorOrpheus
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
    I think were all missing something here on the exoskeleton. Imagine if you will such an exoskeleton with a thick sheet of iron protecting and encasing the person within.

    Add some weapons... Flame thrower? Rocket launcher? A short term propulsion system?

    Wait... Didn't somebody build one of these in a cave...? And call it the Mark I...?

    *Plays Iron Man theme in head*
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    Wait... Didn't somebody build one of these in a cave...? And call it the Mark I...?

    . . . . and build a million man-hour project by himself in the space of a week? . . . .
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2009
    Holy shit, Big Dog has grown up since I last checked in on it!
    It's amazing to see the relative grace with which it manages to stand upright, especially when contrasted with the awkward normal walking. The jumping, however... Crap! Is it using some form of Kangaroo-inspired system to re-use the energy of the previous jump, you think?

    As a pacific (Yeah yeah...) it makes me a bit sad to see this thing going into its inevitable military service, but at least it's a piece of military technology that's not designed to kill people faster and more efficiently.
    • CommentAuthorOrpheus
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2009

    Yes, yes you have a good point.
    But the one im trying to make is that were geting ever closer to building stuff such as suits of mechanical aromur and indeed 'Mecha'.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2009
    Anyone think Dice-K, isn't planning to build his own mobile suit?
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    Yeah, I think we'll eventually see something at least vaguely Iron-Mannish.