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Google acquires robotics company Boston Dynamics. And so it begins

"1999… if you can hear me, this may not make sense now, but it will… you must travel to Palo Alto and stop Google. It was was them, it was Google…"

Every now and again, someone on the internet likes to make the Google = Skynet joke, because with all the information Google is hell-bent on acquiring, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes self-aware and creates an army of robots to destroy humanity. But ha ha Google doesn’t make advanced walking robots. THEY DO NOW. They do. Now.

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Boston Dynamics’ Petman robot in camo is a thing straight out of your nightmares

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. The video shows initial testing in a chemical protection suit and gas mask. PETMAN has sensors embedded in its skin that detect any chemicals leaking through the suit. The skin also maintains a micro-climate inside the clothing by sweating and regulating temperature

Boston Dynamics’ Sand Flea robot is the little robot that can jump 30 feet into the air

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 onboard stabilization system keeps it oriented during flight to improve the view from the video uplink and to control landings.

AlphaDog is the bigger, louder cousin of the BigDog running bot

A year or so ago, Boston Dynamics showed off BigDog, a prototype of a four legged transport vehicle/robot thing that could run over all kinds of terrain. Well, this is the new version called AlphaDog, and as you can see, it’s bigger, heavier and handles odd terrain a little bit better.


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