Boston Dynamics have constantly redefined what is capable in robotics. They are back with the next generation of their humanoid Atlas robot, which remains wireless but smaller. At 5 feet and 9 inches, and weighing about 180 pounds, this is a dramatic reduction from the 6-foot-tall, 330-pound beast a couple of years ago.Read More
At least our robot overlords will have a pet. Boston Dynamics have created a robotic relative to their previous Cheetah that could outrun Usain Bolt. Called the 'WildCat,' it's able to run outdoors untethered. The human race doesn't stand a chance.Read More
Meet BigDog, a horrific robotic crab-like abomination with wires and cables protruding from its metal skeleton like something straight out of your most eldritch nightmares. This rough-terran "mule" robot is terrifying enough to look at, but now, with the addition of a front-mounted arm, it can throw a cinder block at your face the way us weak, fleshy humans would fling a tennis ball.
If the Terminator ever needed a four-legged companion, we imagine DARPA’s robotic pack mule, the Legged Squad Support System (LS3) would be a strong contender for the title.
DARPA's most recent creation, the PET-PROTO Robot, has the capability to navigate such obstacles as climbing, jumping, and traversing a wall-to-wall hole in the floor. The company says it's designed to perform complex tasks in "dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environments;" but the possibilities of outrunning Skynet are now lower than ever.
A new speed record has been set by Boston Dynamics' Cheetah robot, running at 28.3 mph - faster than Usain Bolt's top speed of 27.78 mph.