1. Post #41
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    April 2005
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    I feel like the Boston Dymanics robots might one day be used for the original purpose of the Mule, once they've perfected the hardware and software, made it more robust against rough terrain and uncertain conditions, just generally ironed out all the kinks and made it not suck in practice. The original idea was valid, they just needed more time to make it work.
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  2. Post #42
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    November 2008
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    Don't let these videos fool you people! There are some sick people working at boston dynamics.

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  3. Post #43
    support my deus ex fanfiction
    Gamerman12's Avatar
    November 2009
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    can we also say holy shit in terms of the sound output? the older models needed tons of fans and the motors were loud as shit, and this one is about as loud as your average pc tower.


    like compare it to bigdog
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  4. Post #44
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    May 2011
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    can we also say holy shit in terms of the sound output? the older models needed tons of fans and the motors were loud as shit, and this one is about as loud as your average pc tower.





    like compare it to bigdog
    Mostly because electric motors, ESCs and battery technology have come a long way since 08. The original Big Dog used a combustion engine equivalent in power to a lawnmower to provide the compression power needed to power its pneumatic actuators (which is why it is silent on the indoors testing tracks due to pneumatic umbilicals).
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  5. Post #45
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    February 2010
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    it sounds like a steamtrain, it looks really cool in the older videos where it has a head/manipulator

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  6. Post #46
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    August 2005
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    it sounds like a steamtrain, it looks really cool in the older videos where it has a head/manipulator

    That is fucking sick. I want one if these just to run around my house!

  7. Post #47
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    June 2005
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    i think boston dynamics might be my favourite company simply because of how adorable they make their robots
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  8. Post #48
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    March 2009
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    So George Hull (of George Hull design) might have done some of the redesign work here: https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeHullD...42324955878334

    He's done tons of neat sci-fi concepts too: a ton of bladerunner 2049 concept art, guardians of the galaxy 2, Chappie, Star Citizen, and the only interesting parts of Jupiter Ascending

    Just a neat little intersection of sci-fi media and reality that I thought was worth sharing. Following his facebook page is neat, he's always posting tons of neat artwork (also, unfortunately his FB is the only place he has albums by project/movie)

    Edited:

    Wonder if he got to work on more than SpotMini?
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  9. Post #49
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    May 2010
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    the new Spotmini is aesthetic as fuck
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  10. Post #50
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    October 2011
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    I think what we all want to know is, are they going to mass manufacture it and how much will it cost?

  11. Post #51
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    November 2008
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    I think what we all want to know is, are they going to mass manufacture it and how much will it cost?
    Somehow I doubt these will be seeing mass production any time soon.
    Pretty sure it uses a bunch of custom 3D printed metal parts, and I'm fairly sure LIDAR systems and whatever fancy sensory stuff it uses does not come cheap.
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  12. Post #52
    IDIOT WHO IS NEVER FUNNY AND CANT UNDER STAND WHEN NOT WANTED
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    September 2006
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    I wanna saddle it up and ride it around the town

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    the way it jogs on the spot before setting off, fuckin cute

  13. Post #53
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    March 2014
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    I feel like we really need to keep an eye on the manufacturing plants if we ever have them. The last thing we need is an AI taking over the plant and pumping out an army. I never imagined the robot war would have dogbots
    World War 3 will be fought not with guns, but rather tennis balls and metal dog treats.

  14. Post #54
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    October 2006
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    uhhh zanuka is that u?

  15. Post #55
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    August 2006
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    I like how it does that "warm up" before starting to walk again.
    That's actually part of the kinematics system they use for the motors controlling the legs. Lots of animatronics have something similar, basically it's a way for the system to check where all of the legs are positioned and "reset them" back to a universal zero point to begin accepting new movement instructions.