Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Death by Land, Air, and Sea

I came into work today feeling fairly good about myself. I've got a pretty decent job. I've got a girlfriend to die for, and life's pretty good, all and all.

I was ignorant then, because I had not checked my bot sites yet.

The first thing that I saw while cruising youtube for robots was this...

No, your eyes do not deceive you. Big Dog just got scarier. Boston Dynamics calls him little dog, but he is in all actuality a little piglet of death. In my book, the smaller a robot is, the scarier it is.

They'll strap C-4 to this little sucker and have him creep up to the target. Or even worse, they could attach buzz saws to these critters and have them zergling rush your ankles.

I can imagine several of these little things being held in the cargo bay of a Big Dog. Once it's deployed, it releases several of these little buggers as scouts. If the situation merits it, it would then have the little dog self destruct, or it could come take out the target itself with it's back mounted machine-gun turrets and/or missile launchers!

But that's not all folks. They're designing robots to rain down death from above as well. Below you, you will see the Navy's answer to the predator. It's an unmanned helicopter that's capable of firing a missile at a target.

I mean, this is nothing new, conceptually. However, it's got lots of awsome, exciting music, so it must be good, right?


Check out this little bit that the brilliant people over at Stanford have been working on. It's both amazing and terrifying at the same time.

Yes, that helicopter you're seeing is 100% self guided. Now, combine that sort of system with the Fire Scout, and what do you get? A healthy serving of DOOOM! That's what!

This last video speaks for itself.

I will never, ever go in a swimming pool again.

Via Boston Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, H-RL,, and apparently Bot Junkie (Who seem to have posted these videos on youtube.)

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