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Sunday September 13 2009 / Science & Technology

Boston Dynamics robots feature remarkable mobility, agility, dexterity and speed. They use sophisticated sensor-based controls and computation to unlock the capabilities of complex mechanisms.

BigDog is the alpha male of the Boston Dynamics robots. It is a rough-terrain robot that walks, runs, climbs and carries heavy loads.

BigDog is powered by an engine that drives a hydraulic actuation system. BigDog has four legs that are articulated like an animal’s, with compliant elements to absorb shock and recycle energy from one step to the next.

In tests BigDog runs at 7km (4 mph), climbs slopes up to 35 degrees, walks across rubble, climbs a muddy hiking trail, walks in snow and water, and carries a 150kgs (340 lb) load. BigDog set a world's record for legged vehicles by traveling 12.8 miles without stopping or refueling.

LittleDog is a quadruped robot designed for research on learning locomotion. Scientists at leading institutions use LittleDog to probe the fundamental relationships among motor learning, dynamic control, perception of the environment, and rough-terrain locomotion.

For more information, please visit www.Boston Dynamics.com

Suggested by
Maximilian Büsser