Packed LS3 Four-Legged Robot Follows Leader [Video]


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That thing may be a little noisy, but hey, it can carry around 400 lbs of equipment everywhere it goes.

The LS3 program seeks to demonstrate that a highly mobile, semi-autonomous legged robot can carry 400 lbs of a squad’s equipment, follow squad members through rugged terrain and interact with troops in a natural way similar to a trained animal with its handler. The robot could also be able to maneuver at night and serve as a mobile auxiliary power source to the squad, so troops can recharge batteries for radios and handheld devices while on patrol.

[DARPA]





12 Responses to Packed LS3 Four-Legged Robot Follows Leader [Video]

  1. Quick question why don’t you use the DISQUS comment system? It seems (to me) to be a lot faster than IntenseDebate.

    • It is indeed an Arabic/English stop sign, nice catch!!! This demo must have been shot on a training facility that belongs to the army, the shipping containers with “windows” cut through them support this idea too. And since the US are at war in arabic speaking counties that makes sense. Maybe they also use it to train the LS3 to read traffic signs in arabic :)

  2. Though, I really have to wonder: Why would you create something like this and NOT make it look like Rincewind's Luggage from Discworld?

  3. Frankly, I agree with Mark's comment. all that money for an ultra-costly and noisy horse/mule substitute. Not much utility while it's so clumsy, slow, loud and otherwise inefficient. Until it can *significantly* improve on the biological solution, it's a long way from practical.

  4. This is the ED 209 all over again. It's not about whether it works better than a mule, it's about selling repair kits and parts.
    Imagine being dependent on one of these things in the mountains of Afghanistan and having it break down or run out of fuel. Then what?
    A mule will eat anything that grows, can carry a load up to 700 pounds. And can drag 3,450 pounds.
    And you can eat it if you have to.
    These things are about more money for defense contractors, not serving the military.

  5. I refuse to watch videos of this thing anymore. I don't want to see Skynets progression anymore. :(