Robotic Dog to Help US Military
Robotic Dog will soon be used by military to carry materials and scout out terrain.
A company named Boston Dynamics is producing a robotic dog to help the US military transport materials and scout out terrain.
The prototype, named BigDog, has already become a huge hit on YouTube, receiving over a whopping 6 million views. This robot is dog shaped and can run, climb through terrain, and carry heavy loads. It is powered by a gasoline engine which drives its hydraulic system.
In its initial trials, BigDog was able to run at speeds of 4 mph, climb 35 degree slopes, and navigate rubble while carrying a 340 pound load.
It is currently controlled by remote, but future developments will include sensors that allow BigDog to make basic movement decisions.
The project was sponsored by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.