Finally, a Robotic Dog That Can Toss Cinder Blocks Like They’re Beanbags

And here we have the latest BigDog video, wherein Boston Dynamics has outfitted man's best friend with the ability to whip cinder blocks around.

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We have covered BigDog before. BigDog is the aptly-named, big, dog-like robot from Boston Dynamics that, according to the company, “is a rough-terrain robot that walks, runs, climbs and carries heavy loads.”

The project is funded by DARPA, as are several other Boston Dynamics robots — the company has posted several videos of the robots in action on its YouTube channel. Here’s PETMAN: He can do push-ups and you can’t knock him off-balance. Here’s Cheetah Robot: It can run 28.3 miles per hour.

And here’s a BigDog greatest hits montage of sorts:

I’m trying unsuccessfully to avoid referring to BigDog as a scary robot, since it’s been done a thousand times before on a thousand different blogs. But look at those guys trying to kick BigDog off-balance and watch BigDog scramble back to its feet. Nice doggie. I’m an American. I’m on your team.

And here we have the latest BigDog video, wherein Boston Dynamics has outfitted man’s best friend with the ability to whip cinder blocks around:

According to Gizmag:

Key to this work, funded by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, is that BigDog uses the dynamic forces of its whole body to help it throw the cinder block. It begins by taking several steps to the side before quickly accelerating as it swings its arm, temporarily launching itself into the air in the process. This approach is similar to the way an athlete winds up before throwing a discus, for example, and greatly enhances the robot’s throwing power. Since few robots are as capable as BigDog when it comes to balance, it’s an excellent platform to test these sorts of strenuous actions.

Is BigDog’s cinder block-throwing feature useful in the real world? I don’t know. Probably! My iPhone came preloaded with a compass app that I never use, but it’s nice to know that it’s there. And I’d surely pony up for a consumer version of BigDog that could lightly — lightly! — toss various consumable items from the kitchen to the living room.

BigDog grabs, lifts, and throws cinder blocks with its new arm [Gizmag via Slashdot]

22 comments
EllanaTaylor
EllanaTaylor

@TIME @Techland Meet #BigDog? Where the hell have you been, Time?

bigdlish32
bigdlish32

@TIME @Techland He would work wonders for the mexican drug cartels now that their cannon was captured.

DavidMatichak22
DavidMatichak22

@TIME @Techland @APPropst do you think that robots like this will become for frequwntly built in the near future?

kruel74
kruel74

“@TIME: Meet BigDog, a robotic dog that can toss cinder blocks like beanbags | http://t.co/abK6xid7WO (via @Techland)” Eh, dia blogger Msia

progresstinator
progresstinator

@TIME @techland this robo dog would totally be my best friend @megswertlow

sicxvillain
sicxvillain

@TIME @Techland this is the beginning of the end.

mrxexon
mrxexon

All I can think about is Romans and Christians, and how history repeats itself...


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StephenR.Stapleton
StephenR.Stapleton

I don't want a robot that can toss cinder block. Nor do I want dancing robots, rollerskating robots, or swimming robots. I want a robot that can clean house, do dishes, wash and fold laundry, make the beds, mow the law, and clean the bathrooms. Will somebody PLEASE tell these scientists what the goal is here? I don't have my promised flying car, jet pack, or housekeeping robot. I can live without the first two, but I'd really like the last one. Come on, guys, get with the program.

gambinotech
gambinotech

@DrChrisLongo @FildesK @MrsCurtisNMHS BigDog is a student favorite! Those legs are crazy.I haven't seen this one yet!! They will love it!!!!

smg314
smg314

Been waiting forever for this!!! RT @TIME: Finally, a robotic dog that can toss cinder blocks like they’re beanbags | http://t.co/AJhTWx4Qm0

Iwisp
Iwisp

“@TIME: Finally, a robotic dog that can toss cinder blocks like they’re beanbags | http://t.co/Jk45ZLwHeC (via @Techland)” UGH FINALLY

MAD_III
MAD_III

@TIME @techland @RealAlexJones here we go...buckle up

ThehandEman
ThehandEman

@TIME @Techland it doesn't just hump your leg, it makes your leg it's bitch.

TomJones
TomJones

What's the name of that scary robotic dog from Farenheit 451 that runs around killing folks with this huge needle?  The Hound? Looks kinda like this one..... But that's OK, my pitbulls will eat their BigDog like a squeaky toy smothered in peanut butter.

anonygooose
anonygooose

@TIME @Techland Thats the Darpa dog to be loaded down with machine guns and to patrol your hood to enforce curfews