DARPA demonstrated the new capabilities of LS3

Folks, watch the new and enhanced version of DARPA’s LS3 (Legged Squad Support System) prototypes in the above video. The demonstration was held at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia on 10 September, 2012, for Gen. James F. Amos (Commandant of the Marine Corps), and Arati Prabhakar (DARPA Director).

This quadruped robot was built by Boston Dynamics in the name BigDog to support and serve the military troops by transporting heavy goods over rough terrain. Two major advantages of this robot are:

  • Autonomous tracking of troops
  • Response to visual and vocal commands

Apart from the above features, the newer version gains several additional capabilities like:

  • Noise levels get reduced to approx. 10 times of its original version
  • Easy transition of traveling speeds:
    • 1 to 3 mph – Walking speed on a rough terrain
    • 5 mph – Jogging speed
    • 7 mph – Running speed on a flat land
  • Automatically rights, stands, and starts working

Overall, these new features add more power to BigDog quadruped robot, and I believe that it will be made even better in the upcoming years.

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