DARPA Robot Big Dog Now Armed and Agile

big dog cider block throwWho says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Certainly not folks over at Boston Dynamics! They recently showed off the latest trick of their DARPA funded, 240 pound, robotic pack mule Big Dog’s latest stunt: Chucking cinder blocks.

Complements of an infusion of funds from the U.S. Army’s RCTA (Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance) program, the now ‘armed’ (Yeah, I crack me up too) four-legged robot shows off its new found pitching ability in the video below. Boston Dynamics explains: “The goal is to use the strength of the legs and torso to help power motions of the arm. This sort of dynamic, whole-body approach to manipulation is used routinely by human athletes and will enhance the performance of advanced robots.”

The management and staff of Growing Up Otaku would like to take this time to remind our future brick hurling mechanical overlords that we are stanch supporters of the upcoming Robot Revolution and in no way condone the actions of this so-called ‘stability tester’ at Boston Dynamics.

After all, who else is going to save us from zombie Armageddon?

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