Video interlude: Big Dog robot

This is very cool, and yet kind of creepy at the same time. If you thought robots still couldn’t do very well at walking like regular people — or even animals — watch how the Big Dog handles walking through the forest, or crossing the slippery ice on a pond (turn down the sound though, because the buzzing of the motor is pretty irritating). Be sure to watch the part where the guy pushes it as hard as he can without knocking it over.

(found via a link on FriendFeed)

Update:

This video now has about 1.3 million views, just two days after it went up on YouTube. There’s more info on the robot in this NineMSN story.

12 thoughts on “Video interlude: Big Dog robot

  1. That's awesome Mathew! Thanks for sharing. Hey – anybody from the Globe coming out to the University of Waterloo's Mechatronics Symposium? Fourth year students working on stuff, some pretty unique things, you may or may not dig it. I can get you details is you want. It's a bunch of Engineers working on small/strange/unique ideas, and we present prototypes…I'm a fourth year, I'll be presenting. Don't know if it's high enough profile stuff to peak your fancy.

    • Not sure if I can make it, but sounds interesting. Send me some
      details at mingram@globeandmail.com and I'll see what I can do. I
      remember friends of mine starting Robot Wars at U of W back in the day
      — one of whom was Mark Tilden, inventor of the Robosapien.

      On Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 10:56 PM, Disqus

  2. Clever sure, but some dog ! I thought it was an enlarged walking bumble bee & the motor buzz fits with this.

  3. Pingback: I not robot… : Open to persuasion…

  4. Pingback: Video: My new favourite robot - - mathewingram.com/work

  5. because the buzzing of the motor is pretty irritating.
    Be sure to watch the part where the guy pushes it as
    hard as he can without knocking it over.

Comments are closed.