[Cyborg] AlphaDog >> BigDog
mrericboyd at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 30 09:50:36 PDT 2011
"Badass. Oh, and if you were listening, you may have noticed that
AlphaDog does not sound like a swarm of killer zombie bees. Amazing!"
On the other hand, you might have noticed as well that it seems to be
tethered in this video, including with two large black cables that look
suspiciously like they might carry power. It's possible that this
version of the AlphaDog doesn't have it's onboard generator, and
therefore it doesn't have the noise of that generator... with a 400
pound capacity though there is plenty of space for that onboard
generator, and I'm sure that's how they ultimately intend to equip it.
Boston Dynamics actually calls this thing the LS3 - Legged Squad Support
Systems. Apparently they got $32M from DARPA to develop it. That's a
surprisingly small number, don't you think?
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