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BigDog Robot Grabs, Lifts, and Throws Cinder Blocks With Its New Arm

Soulskill posted about a year and a half ago | from the please-don't-teach-it-to-aim-for-humans dept.

Robotics 91

cylonlover writes "Boston Dynamics' BigDog may have already been replaced by the beefier LS3, but that doesn't mean it's totally obsolete. Today the company unveiled a version of the quadruped equipped with an arm where a head (or tail) would go. As can be seen in a slightly disquieting video, it's powerful enough to lift and toss a heavy cinder block. Key to this work, funded by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, is that BigDog uses the dynamic forces of its whole body to help it throw the cinder block. It begins by taking several steps to the side before quickly accelerating as it swings its arm, temporarily launching itself into the air in the process. This approach is similar to the way an athlete winds up before throwing a discus, for example, and greatly enhances the robot's throwing power. Since few robots are as capable as BigDog when it comes to balance, it's an excellent platform to test these sorts of strenuous actions."

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$10,000 CHALLENGE to Alexander Peter Kowalski (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43044767)

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Re:$10,000 CHALLENGE to Alexander Peter Kowalski (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43044811)

Best. Troll. Ever.

Re:$10,000 CHALLENGE to Alexander Peter Kowalski (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43045221)

Robots don't use hosts files.

Re:$10,000 CHALLENGE to Alexander Peter Kowalski (1)

MatrixCubed (583402) | about a year and a half ago | (#43048291)

Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

An interesting future (3, Insightful)

Servercide (2820403) | about a year and a half ago | (#43044781)

Considering the military is preparing for a future of cyber warfare. I find it interesting that we are willing to put war fighters into suits that assist with body movements. You know they will have connectivity eventually. I mean, what if the Chinese hack into the systems that control these suits. They would have a whole battalion playing twister in no time :)

Your Leg Here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43044959)

It would have been much more dramatic if it was lifting up a big hunk of meat and tossing it - implying that would be your limb or some chunk of your body, if BigDog had taken a bite out of it.

Re:Your Leg Here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43045079)

I would have been more impressive it it had just started humping someone's leg with its big hunk of meat. Then it'd be like a real dog.

Re:Your Leg Here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43045251)

Someone will attach a red rocket to its undercarriage, I'm sure.

Re:An interesting future (1)

dywolf (2673597) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045841)

naked twister...i've seen some of those women they have in the Chinese Army, even if they are just a drill/show platoon. *drool*

Disquieting indeed (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43044805)

Man bites dog. Dog ... er ... throws cinder block ...

Re:Disquieting indeed (3, Interesting)

Servercide (2820403) | about a year and a half ago | (#43044809)

Anyone think about the giant dog from Half Life?

Re:Disquieting indeed (2)

NatasRevol (731260) | about a year and a half ago | (#43044963)

I was hoping the big dog would throw one of those chihuahuas from "Beverly Hills Chihuahua".

I would love to see how far it would go.

Re:Disquieting indeed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43047957)

This isn't disquieting at all. It's obviously not a big dog, it's just a small elephant.

This thing... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43044849)

Is terrifying.

Re:This thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43045209)

You know when your dog twitches his paws in his sleep, like he's running?

Well this is what he's running from

Re:This thing... (1)

blane.bramble (133160) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045677)

No, he's dreaming he is piloting one of these, and you are the one doing the running...

Re:This thing... (2)

KhabaLox (1906148) | about a year and a half ago | (#43047431)

Do android dogs dream of electric mailmen?

Re:This thing... (1)

aaaaaaargh! (1150173) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045381)

Not only that, I would not go anywhere near such a machine unless I knew exactly how it was programmed, how its programs have been audited and formally verified, and what kind of safety mechanisms have been built in. Seriously, as long as not at least as much safety evaluation is put into this machine's software as is put into civilian fly-by-wire airplanes it's just a matter of time until the first machine operator will die.

Re:This thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43045517)

No kidding. There can be only so much time before this thing will be seen throwing babies near the Central Park.

Re:This thing... (2)

hoggoth (414195) | about a year and a half ago | (#43046633)

BigDog: PLEASE PUT DOWN YOUR WEAPON. YOU HAVE 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY.
(drops gun)
BigDog: YOU NOW HAVE 15 SECONDS TO COMPLY.

what could possibly go wrong?

Re:This thing... (3, Funny)

Ol Biscuitbarrel (1859702) | about a year and a half ago | (#43047045)

BigDog: PLEASE PUT DOWN THE SNAUSAGE. YOU HAVE 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY.
(drops gun)
BigDog: YOU NOW HAVE 15 SECONDS TO COMPLY.

what could possibly go wrong?

FTFY

Re:This thing... (1)

geekoid (135745) | about a year and a half ago | (#43047087)

I like how OmniCrop overlooks the real money maker. The freaking power supply.

Ob. Brockman (1)

JeanCroix (99825) | about a year and a half ago | (#43044857)

I, for one, welcome our new cinderblock-chucking quadrupedal robotic overl-- OW, MY FOOT!

Re:Ob. Brockman (3, Funny)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045145)

Ath leath ith juth hith your footh...

RWAAAAAAAAAH!!! (1)

TWX (665546) | about a year and a half ago | (#43044859)

I love how the "mouth" looks like it's growling/howling in fury and triumph with its "head" held high after throwing the block...

Re:RWAAAAAAAAAH!!! (1)

boristdog (133725) | about a year and a half ago | (#43044873)

As someone else said in another thread: "If I saw this coming at me I would run away screaming, while pooping myself."

video (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43044865)

Video of the cinder block toss by Big Dog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jvLalY6ubc [youtube.com]

And a Rick Astley video, well just because it was tempting....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyViVmaBQDg [youtube.com]

Re:video (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43045021)

which was scarier?

Re:video (1)

pushing-robot (1037830) | about a year and a half ago | (#43046197)

And a Rick Astley video, well just because it was tempting....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyViVmaBQDg [youtube.com]

Wow. That actually DID lead to Rick Astley.

Few have ever achieved the legendary Reverse-Reverse Rickroll. I bow before your masterful trolling skill.

Teaching an old dog new tricks? (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year and a half ago | (#43044939)

It only confirms the old proverb; if you absolutely have to make him a Zaphod Beebledog in order to do that, it shows how difficult it is!

The Terminator (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43044941)

Here it comes!! This is the beginning of the end for humanity. A cinderblock-hurling machine is how it starts--machines that are a lot stronger than humans....

Re:The Terminator (2)

durrr (1316311) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045007)

An industrial robot from 2000 could've decapitated three people with the cinderblock and in the same swing thrown it twice as far.

Cinderblock throwing have never really been any industry metric of robot strength though, but they've been very strong for a long while.

Re:The Terminator (3, Insightful)

bev_tech_rob (313485) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045255)

Yes, but those machines are securely bolted to the floor and have maximum leverage. They weren't walking on legs at the same time and have to deal with balancing themselves whilst throwing the block..

Re:The Terminator (1)

GreenTom (1352587) | about a year and a half ago | (#43048707)

If I had mod points, +1 funny for "Cinderblock throwing have never really been any industry metric..."

you want the blocks? (2)

alexs001 (658121) | about a year and a half ago | (#43044961)

come get the blocks, and don't f*** with me!

It's the law (1)

Fuzzums (250400) | about a year and a half ago | (#43044967)

Since there is no practical use in construction for a robot like this, we can probably say goodbye to the three laws.

Regarding the "three laws" (1)

nu1x (992092) | about a year and a half ago | (#43044989)

The "three laws" (or equivalent) will apply to every robot made NOT for the US army.

Re:Regarding the "three laws" (1)

durrr (1316311) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045225)

The three laws apply to no robots at all, because they aren't intelligent enough to dynamically apply them. Not to mention even understand them.

Re:Regarding the "three laws" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43048911)

No. The three laws apply to no robots at all because IT WAS A FREAKING SCI-FI NOVEL!! Geez, get out of mom's basement once in a while!!!

Re:It's the law (1)

bev_tech_rob (313485) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045301)

Actually it would be very practical! Put a hopper on top of that thing so it can load and haul a few blocks at a time and it would be invaluable to a masonry worker for fetching blocks for a job instead of a helper or the masonry person him/herself having to haul them....would be very handy...

Re:It's the law (1)

peragrin (659227) | about a year and a half ago | (#43048023)

I can see hundreds of uses for a robot that can pick up heavy objects move over unimproved, uneven, terrain including stairs. And set it back down again.

Heck even if I have to plug it into a job site generator it would be useful.

Of course it would put another 20% of the work force out of jobs but who cares

How large would it be on battery power? (1)

WillAdams (45638) | about a year and a half ago | (#43044979)

What sort of current is in-flowing through those cables?

Will that chassis support batteries which will make the thing function? If so, for how long? What's the recharge time?

Until the robots are running on some sort of power which allows dynamic recharge and sustained off-grid operations, all one has to do is outrun them until their batteries run down.

Re:How large would it be on battery power? (2)

durrr (1316311) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045033)

That chassis supports batteries since 2008 when they demonstrated the fucking thing in their parking lot. And if not batteries it could probably run with a diesel generator.

The cables are there because
1.It's easier to develop a device that you can run without swapping batteries all the time
2. Support cables to prevent it from falling over when you test and fine tune the movement algorithms

Re:How large would it be on battery power? (1)

geekoid (135745) | about a year and a half ago | (#43047367)

3) so it doesn't get loose during a test and chase you down like a dog.

Re:How large would it be on battery power? (2)

GreenTom (1352587) | about a year and a half ago | (#43048725)

you forgot 3. If it goes crazy and starts trying to kill everyone, it looses power after a few feet.

Re:How large would it be on battery power? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43045081)

Obviously this is the first you've heard of Big Dog. Heck just watch some of the other videos on their channel. This thing is already in use by the military. What you see here is a lab environment, if it's just testing why constantly charge and recharge batteries when you can just plug in?

Re:How large would it be on battery power? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43045457)

What sort of current is in-flowing through those cables?

Will that chassis support batteries which will make the thing function? If so, for how long? What's the recharge time?

Until the robots are running on some sort of power which allows dynamic recharge and sustained off-grid operations, all one has to do is outrun them until their batteries run down.

teen invents compact nuclear reactor [phys.org]

If robodog's internals get smaller and so does this power source...

Re:How large would it be on battery power? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43045815)

Big dog is hydraulically powered, so the current flowing through those cables could be 3000 psi hydraulic fluid at god knows what flow rate. This is also one of the reasons it takes up so much power as hydraulics aren't that efficient.
Untethered, it uses a gasoline engine to drive a hydraulic pump, which is responsible for the buzzing noise you hear in the videos.

Re:How large would it be on battery power? (1)

dywolf (2673597) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045855)

those cables are more to support the robot in testing so it doesnt fall over.
the Dog has run on its own power source for years.

Re:How large would it be on battery power? (1)

lxs (131946) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045985)

What sort of current is in-flowing through those cables?

That cinder block weights what? 20 kg?
It throws it about 2 meters high in half a second...

This gives a power output of 0.5 * 20 * 9.8 * 2 = 196 W Let's assume that there are inefficiencies and I guessed low on height and weight so peak output would be in the ballpark of 1kW

Say it's powered by a car battery.
A car battery is about 40Ah at 12V = 480Wh or 0.5 kWh

So by my wildly inaccurate Friday afternoon calculations it could chuck rocks for two hours before it runs down. Although I think I recall a video of Big Dog with a small gasoline powered generator on board. So when it comes for you, you either have to shoot the gas tank or hide in a tall tree. I bet someone here could produce a better guesstimate.

Re:How large would it be on battery power? (1)

lxs (131946) | about a year and a half ago | (#43046083)

make that 30 minutes.

Chunking overlords (2)

PlusFiveTroll (754249) | about a year and a half ago | (#43044983)

Once it can throw chairs, Balmer should worry about keeping his job.

Re:Chunking overlords (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | about a year and a half ago | (#43048317)

Once it can throw chairs, Balmer should worry about keeping his job.

Right now it would destroy cinder block furniture.

When did WWIII Happen? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43044991)

I missed it World War III happened and now we at the point of throwing stones at each other.

Coming soon...Ballmerbot! (1)

Camaro (13996) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045003)

That can grab, lift and throw chairs!

Oblig. XKCD (1)

WillAdams (45638) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045005)

Robot Apocalypse
What if there was a robot apocalypse? How long would humanity last?

http://what-if.xkcd.com/5/ [xkcd.com]

Even got a mention on Forbes.

William

Re:Oblig. XKCD (1)

TWX (665546) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045213)

What that comes down to, is that humans don't *need* electrical power to merely function. We certainly *like* electrical power, but if it were us versus computers/robots, cut the power, the batteries only last so long, then disassemble them.

Even if they're guarding all of the power stations and somehow manage to operate them without humans (which is currently impossible), there's absolutely no way to guard all of the power distribution.

And to my knowledge, the only autonomous robot that I am aware of that is in any way widespread that runs and charges without human intervention is the Roomba. I'm not exactly worried about a Roomba, no would I be too worried by a lawnmower equivalent.

Re:Oblig. XKCD (1)

geekoid (135745) | about a year and a half ago | (#43047307)

but they could build more very quickly and take over other facilities.

of course, if the are smart, they will just release nerve agents and radioactive dust into the air.

There are a lot of things humans do we could replace with robots if we wanted to. right now, we don't want to.

"somehow manage to operate them without humans (which is currently impossible),"
ehhh, maybe, maybe not. SCADA system automatically hand almost all of the utilities.
Humans punch buttons,. the robots to much of the other work.

We don't currently have a robot that can walk through a facility to check for leaks...but if we wanted to completely automate leak detection, we could.
hmm. Now I'm really thinking about it.
How much for the repair process can we automate right now?
Lets say we need to keep a power plant running.
A automated CNC machine makes parts.
A robot arm drops it onto an automated conveyor belt.
The belt takes it to an automated inspection system
It drops it into the appropriate bin.
When it has the correct number of pieces, the until roll onto a truck.
When the truck detects it's full, it automatically drives to the power plant that needs the parts.
The bin can the roll off the truck and to the storage area.
a similar storage system could deliver the part to where ever needs repair.

All those thing exist and are being used in the world right now, just not put together throughout an entire chain, yet.
Now we see a unit that can walk itself anywhere and use an arm.

The Roomba prove the 'self charging' issue us solved. it was solve in the 50s, btw.

The big issue preventing this is internal power supplies. .. or the ability to send power effectively through the air to charge these large objects.

Re:Oblig. XKCD (1)

Spiridios (2406474) | about a year and a half ago | (#43047457)

What that comes down to, is that humans don't *need* electrical power to merely function. We certainly *like* electrical power, but if it were us versus computers/robots, cut the power, the batteries only last so long, then disassemble them.

This part of your post made me think of something: while we certainly *like* electrical and gas power for a lot of convenience and we can certainly live without watching the latest popular TV show, we do sorta depend on it for food. I suppose most farm equipment is still mostly mechanical powered by gas/diesel, but I don't think we can continue to feed 7 billion people without the help of machines. I don't think this affects our outcome in a robot revolution, just something interesting that your post induced.

Re:Oblig. XKCD (1)

vlpronj (1345627) | about a year and a half ago | (#43048265)

"Even if they're guarding all of the power stations and somehow manage to operate them without humans (which is currently impossible), there's absolutely no way to guard all of the power distribution." Even Stephen King could figure out a problem there (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximum_Overdrive) "In the storm of bullets, Hendershot, Wanda June, and three of the truck drivers are fatally gunned down. Then the military vehicle begins beeping its horn in a morse code message which Deke translates as "Someone must pump fuel. Someone will not be harmed. All fuel must be pumped." When the power for the building comes on again, Bill decides to turn on the pumps, despite Brett's protests not to trust the trucks. Bill points out that they have to with the military vehicle's presence. Over most of the day, in 100F degree heat, Bill, Brett, Deke, Curtis, and a few others take turns venturing outside and refuling all the trucks, plus hundreds more trucks that arrive at the Dixie Boy to refuel. When the fuel runs out, a driverless tanker truck appears and beckons Bill to refill the truck stop's fuel tanks to continue the refueling."

Big Dog now Little Elephant (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045025)

They should rename it.

Re:Big Dog now Little Elephant (1)

Spiridios (2406474) | about a year and a half ago | (#43047477)

More like little apatosaurus, if you consider the gripping bit a mouth.

Bad dog! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43045035)

Bad dog, that's not how we play fetch!

Video with better audio here (1, Funny)

spiritplumber (1944222) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045041)

Video with better audio here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6L6MhSgpgo [youtube.com] That's exttremely impressive. I wonder how much it costs though...

Re:Video with better audio here (1)

your_neighbor (1193249) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045533)

fail?

neat! (1)

HPHatecraft (2748003) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045099)

In the ruins of WWIII, this will be the perfect appliance for taking the charred rubble from a radioactive landscape, and using it to besiege the last, stubborn remnants of humanity in a bid for total, and complete annihilation of the "enemy" (little did we know the enemy was within(!!!)). OR it could be used to help kind old ladies across the street. Really, I'm guessing the latter.

Seriously. What the hell?

Re:neat! (2)

durrr (1316311) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045341)

The real application is obviously dwarftossing

Re:neat! (1)

Remus Shepherd (32833) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045955)

If you're tossing the old ladies across the street in a parabolic arc, I don't think that qualifies as 'helping'.

Re:neat! (1)

fyngyrz (762201) | about a year and a half ago | (#43046121)

You never met my grandmother.

Re:neat! (1)

idontgno (624372) | about a year and a half ago | (#43046487)

You're using an inappropriate, non-robotic, definition of help [knowyourmeme.com] .

Two arms are better than one (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43045161)

Give it two arms, and it can throw grenades, rifles and hold a bow and arrow, not forgetting being able to fire two revolvers at the same time.

Re:Two arms are better than one (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43045401)

and it can throw grenades, rifles and hold a bow and arrow

I suspect it would be more effective to fire the rifle, rather than throwing it. Unless of course, it's fighting Superman.

fire control (1)

RichMan (8097) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045397)

I'd be more impressed with some heavy weapons and fire call interfaces.
Mortar and anti-vehicle missles controlled by google-glass type interfaces on human scouts.
Also let big dog launch a couple of aerial drones also linked in.

We need a robot that can move cinder blocks... (1)

bigtech (722116) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045411)

and injure innocent bystanders. What have you got?

Re:We need a robot that can move cinder blocks... (1)

geekoid (135745) | about a year and a half ago | (#43047351)

It could throw shirt into the crowd of a monster truck rally!

Anyways I look forward to hearing this thing laugh as it chases me and throw gernades my way~

That isn't an arm. (1)

John Hasler (414242) | about a year and a half ago | (#43045641)

It's a neck, head, and jaws. Add some weight to the head and approporiate "musculature" to the neck and the machine could learn to gallop.

It still needs to learn how to stand dynamically without prancing, though.

Re:That isn't an arm. (4, Funny)

pushing-robot (1037830) | about a year and a half ago | (#43046073)

I firmly believe that the US military's focus on monotheistic cultures, coupled with the USMC and DARPA's involvement in Boston Dynamics, points to a vast and intricate conspiracy, facilitated by the US government, to engineer a scenario where CNN will one day show people running through the streets amidst screams of "Oh My God! Ponies!"

Honestly, it's a textbook Illuminati hazing ritual.

Re:That isn't an arm. (1)

John Hasler (414242) | about a year and a half ago | (#43046141)

Mod parent up.

Interesting (1)

kilodelta (843627) | about a year and a half ago | (#43046371)

When they do the high speed video of the thing - notice the flickering exit sign.

Re:Interesting (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year and a half ago | (#43047233)

When they do the high speed video of the thing - notice the flickering exit sign.

I haven't watched the video, my connection is crap and I'm downloading right now, but most LED signs on the market today seem to have LEDs in them.

also EXIT signs (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year and a half ago | (#43047247)

This is what I get for not pressing the correct button. My latency was surprisingly low at that moment, I stabbed for the escape key rather quickly.

Of course. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43046909)

When I throw cinder blocks, I take a running start, too.

I, for one welcome the reverse (1)

geekoid (135745) | about a year and a half ago | (#43047113)

game of fetch our robotic dog overlords wile make us play.

"Lets See How You Like Eating The Same Thing EveryDay, HUMANZ!"

Dear Boston Dynamics (1)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | about a year and a half ago | (#43047385)

Dear Boston Dynamics (aka Cyberdyne Systems):

Stopitstopitstopitstopitstopitstopitstopitstopitstopitstopit.

#UnintendedConsequenceBlock

why not add wheels? (1)

Khashishi (775369) | about a year and a half ago | (#43047793)

in addition to the legs. That way, it could use wheeled transport on flat terrain and legs on rough terrain.

Re:why not add wheels? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43048935)

and that kinda thinking is why you're a sys admin and not working for Boston Dynamics.

Re:why not add wheels? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43052387)

Because seeing non-living things "walk" creeps living things out. It's an uncanny valley thing.

Speaking of uncanny valleys, it's easier to navigate a valley with legs than it is on wheels.

Actually A Head (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43048289)

The interpretation by the author of this article that this machine is equipped with "an arm where a head (or tail) would go" is quite incorrect.

The appendage that we see is equivalent to a head (albeit with a long neck). The machine manipulates the cinder block using "jaws" in the same manner as would any dog, hyena, or other similar mammal.

To consider this appendage to be an "arm" is a misplaced fancy.

Perfect name for this "athlete" (1)

Sigg3.net (886486) | about a year and a half ago | (#43053273)

is Armstrong, of course.

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