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Old March 19th, 2008, 08:35 AM
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Impressive...

...and kinda spooky.
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very spooky to me - it looked alive. that and the bee noise it made - good horror film material!
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Yeah, it just looks *wrong*. And sounds like a bee in a jam-jar.

Still cool, though.
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I felt bad for it, though, when it was kicked. It reacted like a kicked dog or horse in terms of how it moved. I think that's why this is spooky.

From my readings in AI and robotics, though, when they use learning algorithms for locomotion, eventually the robots move very similar to live organics.
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Cool! And taxpayer dollars going into it. That suggests we might be seeing "real" robots soon. :-) (By "real" I'm thinking Rosie in the Jetsons or AyBee in Travellers' Digest).
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By "real", I'm thinking more like the Gigolo series from AI....

Seriously, though - that is very spookily realistic. The big problem I see is that it doesn't have the last little turn where an ankle would be - that would make a big difference to some of the maneuvers it was trying.
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There was a thread here about 2 or 3 years ago where we discussed the 'GunDog' as an infantry support weapon.

Strap an MG and a grenade launcher on the BigDog and you are 90% there.

The two-cycle ICE is a but noisy, but very field sustainable. Just gas up your 'bot.
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WOW. That's freaky.

Could be a pretty neat addition to a game.
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That was impressive! I was amazed when he kicked it and it recovered so well, same when it hit the ice slick.
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