Scary Boston Dynamics Robots

Gilbert Travis

Boston Dynamics is an engineering and robotics design company that is best known for the development of BigDog, a quadruped robot designed for the U.S. military with funding from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and DI-Guy, COTS software for realistic human simulation. On 13 December 2013, the company was acquired by Google, where it will be managed by Andy Rubin.

  1. RHex Rough-Terrain Robot

    RHex Rough-Terrain Robot
    RHex is a 30-lb robot designed for mobility on rough terrain. It is operated remotely via an RF link that includes a high-resolution video uplink.
  2. Petman Tests Camo

    Petman Tests Camo
    The PETMAN robot was developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from the DoD CBD program. It is used to test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments.
  3. Dynamic Robot Manipulation

    Dynamic Robot Manipulation
    BigDog handles heavy objects. 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 approa...
  4. Cheetah Robot runs 28.3 mph; a bit faster than Usain Bolt

    Cheetah Robot runs 28.3 mph; a bit faster than Usain Bolt
    Cheetah Robot is a fast-running quadruped developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA. It just blazed past its previous speed record, getting up to ...
  5. Atlas

    Atlas
    Atlas is an anthropomorphic robot designed to operate on rough terrain. The video shows Atlas balancing as it walks on rocky terrain and when pushed from the...
  6. Sand Flea Jumping Robot

    Sand Flea Jumping Robot
    Sand Flea is an 11-lb robot with one trick up its sleeve: Normally it drives like an RC car, but when it needs to it can jump 30 feet into the air. An onboar...
  7. LittleDog

    LittleDog
    LittleDog was developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA. It is used for research on legged locomotion and learning by groups at MIT, Stanford, Car...
  8. Boston Dynamics RiSE V2 and V3

    Boston Dynamics RiSE V2 and V3
    Read more at http://kodlab.seas.upenn.edu/RiSE/RiSEV2 and http://kodlab.seas.upenn.edu/RiSE/RiSEV3
  9. Boston Dynamics Big Dog (March 2008)

    Boston Dynamics Big Dog (March 2008)
    Video of the Big Dog on ice and snow, and also demoing its walking gait.
  10. WildCat

    WildCat
    WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and...


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