Video: AlphaDog, the dog chases now DARPA robot soldiers
If a dog was chasing me like this probably would panic. However, the research agency of defense projects in the U.S., DARPA, intended to be the new companion faithful soldiers. This is AlphaDog, which takes several years developing and now learned to follow the troops.
In the video, you can see how AlphaDog (also called Legged Squad Support LS3 or System) scale and trots after a soldier in a wooded terrain. The idea is that the Robot Transport system acts like things. Until now fulfilled that function for example mules, however, real animals are frightened when there is a match, while AlphaDog remains unchanged. The robot can walk 32 kilometers without stopping and carry up to 180 kilos in his “back”.
And perhaps most important: You can follow instructions follow a person. Soldiers robot connected to a touchscreen device that functions as a “remote control”, which can be used to give instructions to AlphaDog. These orders can be follow a squad, or take manual control of the unit in case the robot runs into difficult terrain. The bot can also be programmed according to different “modes”, such as walking by a person, or behind it. In the future it is also integrated to function independently is directed to a predetermined location.
Later, the soldiers even plan to give verbal instructions to the robot, and perhaps even the possibility that AlphaDog respond with your own voice.
DARPA has been working on reducing the noise produced by moving the robot, and also trying to improve the speed at which it can move. In January, Alphabot could run between 1.6 km/h and 8 km/h, and is expected to reach between 11 km/h and 16 km/h near future, following the passage of the soldiers.
Link: Video: Watch Darpa’s robotic dog follow its master (Wired)Tags: AlphaDog, DARPA, dog, Military, Robot, Transport