LS3 AlphaDog Robot Marine Corps Video

The LS3 'AlphaDog' robot under development at Boston Dynamics was put through its paces a few days ago by the US Marine Corps in Hawaii.


(LS3 AlphaDog Robot Marine Corps Video)

SF readers have been waiting for quadruped robotic helpers, thanks to Anthony Boucher's 1951 short story The Quest for Saint Aquin:

He... took his first opportunity to inspect the robass in full light. He admired the fast-plodding, articulated legs, so necessary since roads had degenerated... the side wheels that could be lowered into action if surface conditions permitted; and above all the smooth black mound that housed the electronic brain - the brain that stored commands and data concerning ultimate objectives and made its own decisions on how to fulfill those commands in view of those data...
(Read more about the robass)

It appears that the Corps is already fond of the big guy - they've nicknamed it 'Cujo'...

Via Engadget.

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