Thursday, 1 August 2013

Boston Dynamics' LS3 quadruped plays follow the leader

Boston Dynamics' LS3 robot pack mule, developed for DARPA, goes on an outdoor excursion

The LS3 is much slower than the Cheetah, but it can carry 400 pounds (181 kg) of gear for up to 20 miles (32 km) without stopping. This Northern Hemisphere autumn Boston Dynamics took it out into the woods, where it was able to follow a leading human through treacherous terrain. And unlike a real pack mule, which may not always behave the way you want it to, this one can follow verbal commands and find its way to GPS coordinates on its own. In 2013 it will be put through further tests with a real squad.