Google Acquires ‘Big Dog’ and ‘Cheetah’ Robot Manufacturer Boston Dynamics

December 16, 2013 by  
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Google just acquired Boston Dynamics , the company behind the (terrifying) BigDog rough-terrain robot and Cheetah, a four-legged robot that can run faster than Usain Bolt . Boston Dynamics contracts for the US military, and it’s the eighth robotics company assimilated by Google this year. How the company fits into Google’s future plans is still unclear, but it will certainly put some serious pieces of machinery at the tech giant’s disposal. Read the rest of Google Acquires ‘Big Dog’ and ‘Cheetah’ Robot Manufacturer Boston Dynamics Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bigdog robot , Boston Dynamics , cheetah robot , DARPA military contracts , Google acquires Boston Dynamics , Google buys Boston Dynamics , mobile and off-road robotics technology , PETMAN robot , WildCat robot        

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German Researchers Create a Robo-Ape for Work in Space

June 27, 2013 by  
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The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence has created a robotic system based on an ape that aims to improve the locomotion and mobility characteristics of robots. It is the latest animal-inspired robot to be designed, following the Cheetah and the BigDog  – if the trend continues, we’ll soon have an entire animal kingdom of robots. The  Robo-Ape was created as part of a project aimed at developing intelligent structures for application in mobile robot systems, with a special focus on walking machines. Read the rest of German Researchers Create a Robo-Ape for Work in Space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bigdog , biomimicry , Boston Dynamics , cheetah , darpa , German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence , iStruct , robo-ape , robot , robots        

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MIT’s Cheetah Robot Could Soon Match its Real-Life Counterpart in Efficiency

March 8, 2013 by  
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Last year, we reported that MIT’s cheetah robot broke the speed record for four-legged robots by running at 18mph. Now, MIT researchers say that their robotic version of the wild cat may soon outpace its animal counterpart in running efficiency ! The robot’s streamlined stride and its lightweight electric motors produce high torque with very little energy wasted. Read the rest of MIT’s Cheetah Robot Could Soon Match its Real-Life Counterpart in Efficiency Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all terrain robot , bigdog , bigdog robot , Boston Dynamics , cheetah , darpa , ls3 , power arm , robots , us army robot

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Boston Dynamics Equips BigDog Robot With an Arm Strong Enough to Throw Cinder Blocks

March 1, 2013 by  
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Over the years, robotics company Boston Dynamics has developed a number of robots that take inspiration from nature such as the Cheetah , PETMAN and Rise . Among the most famous of their designs is BigDog, a rough-terrain robot that can walk, run, climb and carry heavy loads. Recently Boston Dynamics equipped the heavy-duty machine with a power arm that is powerful enough to lift and toss a heavy cinder block. Read the rest of Boston Dynamics Equips BigDog Robot With an Arm Strong Enough to Throw Cinder Blocks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all terrain robot , bigdog , bigdog robot , Boston Dynamics , cheetah , darpa , ls3 , power arm , robots , us army robot

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DARPA’s Mule-like Robotic Squad Support System (LS3) Can Carry Up To 400 Pounds!

September 14, 2012 by  
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DARPA are experts as creating robots , such as the Cheetah , which can reportedly run faster than Usain Bolt. This week, the defense research agency unveiled their two robotic ‘pack mule’ prototypes known as the Legged Squad Support System (LS3). The ‘pack mules’ are designed to aid soldiers in combat environments by carrying up to 400lbs of equipment in rough terrain. They are even capable of following verbal and visual commands! Read the rest of DARPA’s Mule-like Robotic Squad Support System (LS3) Can Carry Up To 400 Pounds! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: big dog , Boston Dynamics , cheetah , cheetah bot , darpa , Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency , legged squad support system , ls3 , pack mule , robot , robotic pack mule , robotics , usain bolt , world’s fastest man

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Himalayan Sherpas Concerned That Glacial Studies Aren’t Focusing On the Real Threats

September 14, 2012 by  
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Global warming  has caused a number of effects on the Himalayan mountain range , such as retreating glaciers and warming temperatures, but the region’s Sherpas have said they are angry with issues detailed in recent studies. The sherpas state that these studies are alarmist and that the real problems are not being suitably addressed. Read the rest of Himalayan Sherpas Concerned That Glacial Studies Aren’t Focusing On the Real Threats Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , glacial lakes , glaciers , global warming , himalayan mountain range , himalayas , retreating glaciers , sherpas

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Brilliant Keychain Bike Pump Fits in the Palm of Your Hand!

September 14, 2012 by  
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City streets are a rough place for cyclists – they’re strewn with bits of glass, metal, and potholes, so popping a flat is virtually inevitable. Fortunately, designer Pat Ramey has created a brilliant Bike Pump Keychain that fits in the palm of your hand and can have you riding again in a jiffy – simply attach the adapter to an air compressor found at any gas station and fill ‘er up. The best part is that you’ll never have to lug around a cumbersome pump – a patch kit and the $12 keychain adapter are all you need. + This is a BIke Pump Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Air Pump Adapter , Bicycle Flat Tire , Bike Pump Adapter , Bike Pump Key-chain , Design for Cyclists , Functional Object , industrial design , Key-chain Design , Patrick Ramey , Tire Air Refill

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DARPA’s Robot Cheetah Can Now Run Faster Than Usain Bolt!

September 6, 2012 by  
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In March, we reported that Boston Dynamics and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) ‘s Cheetah bot had shattered the world speed record for legged robots with a running speed of 18 mph. At the time, that was 4.9 mph faster than the former record which was set back in 1989, but the Cheetah’s team has just announced that the robot can run faster 0.5 miles per hour faster than the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt! Watch a video of the cheetah robot in action after the jump. Read the rest of DARPA’s Robot Cheetah Can Now Run Faster Than Usain Bolt! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Boston Dynamics , cheetah , cheetah bot , darpa , Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency , robot , robotics , usain bolt , world’s fastest man

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New Zealand’s Whanganui River is Granted Legal Personhood Status

September 6, 2012 by  
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The lives of human beings and rivers have been intertwined since the beginning of mankind, but modern society rarely affords waterways significant protection. Which is what makes a decision by officials in New Zealand to grant the Whanganui River legal personhood status—with its own “rights and interests”—such a intriguing milestone. Read the rest of New Zealand’s Whanganui River is Granted Legal Personhood Status Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: New Zealand river , New Zealand tribes , riverway protection , waterway protection , whanganui iwi , whanganui river

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NASA and Mongabay Create Global Forest Disturbance Alert System to Track Deforestation

September 6, 2012 by  
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Deforestation Image via Shutterstock A collaboration between NASA researchers at Ames laboratory in California and the environmental news and watchdog site, Mongabay has created a tool that tracks global deforestation—the Global Forest Disturbance Alert system . The online system works by compiling information of the Earth’s surface collected by orbiting satellites. By doing so, it looks for signs of forest loss down to five square kilometers. The system hopes to highlight the 50,000 square miles of forest that are lost each year. Read the rest of NASA and Mongabay Create Global Forest Disturbance Alert System to Track Deforestation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ames laboratory , California , deforestation , Environment , global forest disturbance alert system , indonesia , indonesia deforestation , mongabay , nasa , nasa ames laboratory

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