Boston Dynamics Alpha Dog More Impressive Than Ever

Friday, September 14, 2012

Alpha Dog Robot
Boston Dynamics and DARPA recently showed off the latest version of their robot dog, named LS3 but dubbed AlphaDog, a four-legged, autonomous robot that can now follow a soldier. The robot can stand upright, walk for 20 miles without a break and carry up to 400 pounds.
obotics leaders, Boston Dynamics have recently released video of their updated LS3 Alpha Dog robot.  If you are aware of past versions of the prototypes, you will probably immediately notice the reduced noise made by the robotic cargo carrier.

The Legged Squad Support System (LS3) is a rough-terrain robot developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA and the US Marine Corps. It is designed to carry 400 lbs of payload and travel 20 miles without refueling. LS3 has sensors that let it follow a human leader while avoiding obstacles in the terrain.

According to a DARPA press release, LS3 is now about 10 times quieter than the first platform. Troops can even carry on a conversation as they walk next to it – something that was difficult with previous prototypes.

Looking more and more like a horse, rather than a dog, the LS3 will not need a driver, because it will automatically follow a leader using computer vision or travel to designated locations using sensing and GPS.

SOURCE  Boston Dynamics

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