4th October 2013
Latest videos of the ATLAS, LS3, and WildCat robots
Engineering and robotics firm Boston Dynamics has released three new videos showing the latest progress on its hi-tech machines.
First up is the ATLAS, an early prototype of which was seen in October 2012. Since then, this humanoid robot has undergone a number of tests and design revisions. It is now able to walk over rock-strewn terrain with ease, as well as remaining balanced when hit by an object from the side.
Next is the Legged Squad Support System (LS3). Due to enter service in 2014, this robotic pack mule will assist soldiers with carrying heavy equipment through rugged terrain. It is designed to automatically follow a squad, using advanced computer vision, so does not require a dedicated driver. Each LS3 will carry up to 400 lbs of gear and enough fuel for a 20-mile mission lasting 24 hours. This video shows field testing at Twentynine Palms, California.
Finally, here is the WildCat. This machine is a more advanced version of the Cheetah robot seen last year. Although not quite as fast (yet), it can operate without being tethered to a power supply. Here it is shown running outdoors at a maximum speed of 16 mph (compared with the Cheetah's 28 mph).