Amazing advance in robotics: see video

Amazing advance in robotics: see video

Normally this blog focuses on nanotechnology, but it’s also important to stay on top of major advances in related fields such as robotics; the fields will interact in interesting ways.

This video of a DARPA-funded project from Boston Dynamics is a must-see:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1czBcnX1Ww

Watch the whole thing, and use the YouTube version; the one on the company’s website may not be the same and would not play properly for me.

We’ve been waiting a long time (and some Nanodot readers have probably been working a long time) to get a real advance in robotics. Looks like it’s finally here. In addition to being very, very impressive, it’s also rather…spooky. At first I thought there was a person or animal inside the machine, but eventually was convinced that, no, this is a robot. —Christine

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4 Comments

  1. Jonas Otterson March 26, 2008 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Holy Shit

  2. Christine Peterson March 27, 2008 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Indeed.

  3. Captain Obviousness March 31, 2008 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    The wheelchair of the future? It would allow people to “stand” at a normal height and it can handle stairs plus all kinds of terrain, and it’s not as precarious looking as the chairs that currently stand up on two wheels.

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