Robot horse gets first taste of real-world action with the US Marines

LS3—the son of the scary quadruped robot also known as Big Dog—has been deployed for the first time during the RIMPAC 2014, the multinational maritime war games in and around the Hawaiian Islands. It looks different from the last time we saw it, more like a big ox than a giant dog. » 7/14/14 4:00pm 7/14/14 4:00pm

Great, Now Robots Can Outsmart Tripwires

Until now, quadraped robots have been a bit like terrifying mechanical sprinters: They go and go and go, but if they run into an obstacle, they're gonna fall like a tangle-legged AT-AT. So because the prospect of bots that can throw cinderblocks and climb buildings wasn't terrifying enough, Italian researchers are … » 7/31/13 11:10am 7/31/13 11:10am

Darpa Wants Bigger, Smarter BigDog 'Bot To Help in Combat

Boston Dynamic's BigDog is already an impressive » 10/29/08 7:11am 10/29/08 7:11am and freakishly animal-like beast, but Darpa it seems has bigger plans in mind and is asking for a smarter, bigger BigDog. The upgraded robot needs to carry 400 pounds of payload, run 20 miles on any terrain and survive un-refueled for a whole day to please Darpa's…