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March 21, 2006

Big Dog by Boston Dynamics

at 7:02 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks

Big Dog is fantastic looking machine being created by Boston Dynamics. DARPA is funding development of Big Dog, they have also funded development of the Tree Climbing Robot.

“BigDog has an on-board computer that controls locomotion, servos the legs and handles a wide variety of sensors. BigDog’s control system manages the dynamics of its behavior to keep it balanced, steer, navigate, and regulate energetics as conditions vary. Sensors for locomotion include joint position, joint force, ground contact, ground load, a laser gyroscope, and a stereo vision system. Other sensors focus on the internal state of BigDog, monitoring the hydraulic pressure, oil temperature, engine temperature, rpm, battery charge and others.

So far, BigDog has trotted at 3.3 mph, climbed a 35 degree slope and carried a 120 lb load.
BigDog is being developed by Boston Dynamics with help from Foster Miller, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Harvard University Concord Field Station. Development is funded by the DARPA Defense Sciences Office.”

Big Dog In Action

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7 Responses to “Big Dog by Boston Dynamics”

  1. JumpMan Says:

    I need one of these for a pet 🙂

  2. Pete Says:

    Hmmm not sure I am in love with the name. Something like Husky would have sounded better. Big dog sounds like a pet.

  3. Paul O Says:

    I wonder if it would chase a mailman 🙂

  4. Cardioj Says:

    Can you scale this concept up to the sixe of a horse… what a ride!

  5. Nikki Says:

    Cardioj, i really agree with you, but even at the size it is now if you weigh under 120 theres no problem lol no really ill pay
    anything to own one myself.

  6. wirran Says:

    i not believe it mmmhhh

  7. Cornell’s Ranger Robot Walks 23 km - Hacked Gadgets - DIY Tech Blog Says:

    […] Remember Big Dog? Well there is a new walking robot king in town. Cornell’s Ranger Robot has just broken the record for distance for a bipedal robot. It took over 65 thousand steps before the battery died! […]

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