When it comes to hunting down humans running speeds, MIT's cheetah might come second to Boston Dynamics' own high-velocity quadruped, but by substituting pneumatics with motors, MIT's version apparently runs far more efficiently. AtShow More Summary
It jumps! It swims! It climbs! This is RHex, the latest DARPA-funded robot from Boston Dynamics The little guy has six legs, a compact body and can really get around. It can handle all kinds of terrain, as well as inclines of up to 60%, while its battery life lasts up to six hours. Show More Summary
ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss reached out to me this morning for a post he was doing on former Tampa Bay and current New England running back LeGarrette Blount. You can read the full product here. But the last question Reiss asked me brought up a point that’s worthy of a post here. Show More Summary
(Credit: Video screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia) We know Boston Dynamics is keen on four-legged robots, even creating a cheetah of its very own. So is the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland; its Cheetah-Cub has been in development at the Biorobotics Laboratory since 2008. Show More Summary
At Wired News' Danger Room, Spencer Ackerman's feature on the technology and crowdsourcing dynamics that allowed law enforcement to identify the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing so rapidly. "Hiding in plain sight was an ocean of data, from torrents of photography to cell-tower information to locals’ memories, waiting to be exploited." [Wired.com]
The anger and embarrassment visible in the interviews given on Friday by the uncle and the aunt of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombers, is entirely understandable. But I see clues here to family dynamics that may be important in understanding what happened. In Ivan Turgenev’s 1862, novel, “Fathers and Sons,” the old [...]
As we now move into the official Political Aftermath period of the Boston bombing — the period that will determine the long-term legislative fallout of the atrocity — the dynamics of privilege will undoubtedly influence the nation’s collective reaction to the attacks. Show More Summary
David Sirota: As we now move into the official Political Aftermath period of the Boston bombing -- the period that will determine the long-term legislative fallout of the atrocity -- the dynamics of privilege will undoubtedly influence the nation's collective reaction to the attacks. Show More Summary
We figure we have to start off this week’s links post talking about PETMAN. Boston Dynamics shows off the humanoid robot donning a full chemical suit. It’s a lot scarier than when we first saw it as a couple of legs a few years ago [Thanks Joshua]. Seeing something like that might drive you back to [...]
Boston Dynamics’ versatile humanoid robot, PETMAN, takes to the runway and struts its stuff, demonstrating its ability to simultaneously amaze us with its technology and freak the hell out of us. The robopocalypse is nigh. Hat Tip L...
Today this, tomorrow the T-1000. The PETMAN robot was developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from the DoD CBD program. It is used to test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments. The video shows initial testing in a chemical protection suit and gas mask. PETMAN has sensors embedded in its skin that [...]
When we last checked in with the good folks at Boston Dynamics, they were giving their BigDog robot, already pants-crapping nightmare fuel, a gripper arm for a head capable of throwing cinder blocks. Because apparently having a robot...Show More Summary
Sounds of the '70s put a disco spin on humanoid robot PETMAN
A robot that moves like a person: Boston Dynamics is becoming America's answer to Japan's robot obsession. Petman is their latest project, a humanoid testing out chemical interactions with clothing. Check out this video.
Looks like BigDog finally has a robotic counterpart to take him out for a walk. Actually, Boston Dynamics's PETMAN has been under development for a while now, but this is our first opportunity to see him decked out in full battle gear. Read more...
The latest robot from Boston Dynamics is now fully clothed. You would not immediately think he was made of metal and devoid of life.
Superman: Petman flexes its muscles in its new threads. (Credit: Video screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET) If the apparel oft proclaims the man, as Polonius said in "Hamlet," then the camo suit proclaims the robot. Boston Dynamics is showing off new duds for its Petman humanoid robot platform, and it looks rather badass. Show More Summary
Boston Dynamics is no Geppetto and PETMAN no Pinnochio, but someone must have wished on a phosphorous flare because, decked out in full chem-resistant chamo and a dystopic gas mask, PETMAN couldn’t look more human.