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Boston Dynamics reveals its robot reindeer

By T.K. Randall
December 23, 2015 · Comment icon 5 comments

The festive BigDogs pulled the sleigh along. Image Credit: YouTube / Boston Dynamics
The robotics company has released a Christmas video featuring some rather unorthodox-looking reindeer.
Best known for its work developing robotic platforms for use in military and emergency rescue scenarios, the Google-owned company has produced a festive greetings video featuring three BigDog robots pulling a female Santa along on a sleigh.

To help fit the theme the all-terrain robots have been spruced up with their own reindeer antlers.
Founded back in 2002, Boston Dynamics has continued to impress over the years with its unique line-up of realistic robots with impeccable balance and the ability to walk over just about anything.

One of its best known creations, the DARPA-funded BigDog was originally designed to act as a pack mule of sorts to help carry heavy equipment for soldiers across dangerous and uneven terrain.

Equipped with low-friction hydraulic cylinder actuators in each of its legs, the robot uses an array of onboard sensors to maintain its balance and to keep it from bumping in to things.



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Comment icon #1 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 9 years ago
Is nothing sacred? LOL
Comment icon #2 Posted by Still Waters 9 years ago
Well they tried and at least it's cheerful! Their video made me smile
Comment icon #3 Posted by highdesert50 9 years ago
Perhaps a red LED for Rudolph's nose?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Dark_Grey 9 years ago
They can make it cute all they want - DARPA's "big dog" is terrifying lol
Comment icon #5 Posted by baobei 9 years ago
Was this filmed at their Asian facility? I saw a taxi in the background, it had Chinese characters on it.


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