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BigDog robot rejected because it's too noisy

By T.K. Randall
December 31, 2015 · Comment icon 14 comments

BigDog is not very good at staying quiet. Image Credit: YouTube / Boston Dynamics
Boston Dynamics' quadrupedal robot has been deemed too loud for use during actual military operations.
One of the most recognizable robotic creations in the world today, BigDog, which was originally developed almost ten years ago to act as a pack mule for soldiers on the battlefield, has been rejected for military service on the basis that it is simply too noisy.

Recent trial runs by the US marines have shown that the futuristic beast of burden makes such a racket as it moves around that enemy forces are going to be able to hear it coming a mile away.

"As marines were using it, there was the challenge of seeing the potential possibility because of the limitations of the robot itself," said US marine corps spokesman Kyle Olson.
"They took it as it was: a loud robot that's going to give away their position."

One alternative to BigDog is its smaller cousin, Spot, which is a lot quieter because it is powered by a battery instead of a petrol engine. Unfortunately however it is nowhere near as capable as BigDog and is unable to carry enough equipment to make it worth using in any real-world scenario.

Sadly both robots are now in storage and their future, for the time being at least, remains uncertain.

A video demonstrating BigDog ( and its obvious noise issues ) can be viewed below.



Source: The Guardian | Comments (14)




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Comment icon #5 Posted by Likely Guy 8 years ago
"Bad dog. Shush." They sound like my neighbours.
Comment icon #6 Posted by davros of skaro 8 years ago
LOL!
Comment icon #7 Posted by schizoid78 8 years ago
Yep research is like that, a lot of fuzz for bringing money in.... Boston Dynamics has awesome prototypes, at least in the previous videos I saw, but now I understand that all previous videos were audio fake.... Gush this robot sound like a lawn mower at top throttle! Does it needs oil and gas mixed too! S
Comment icon #8 Posted by jarjarbinks 8 years ago
Dont know why, but when i saw the thumbnail, i thought of SIlent Hill
Comment icon #9 Posted by Infernal Gnu 8 years ago
Good grief, with all of the reverse engineering of alien technology going on for DECADES at Area 51, you think the military could do much better.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Nnicolette 8 years ago
Thanks for the nightmares.
Comment icon #11 Posted by highdesert50 8 years ago
Why not use a little horse-sense and consider pack mules. They have a long history application with the military. Mules, too, have a keen sense of self-preservation and very good hearing.
Comment icon #12 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
An animal "mule" with their "keen sense of hearing" , a "jittery sense" is, perhaps why other methods are being explored??
Comment icon #13 Posted by quasar_kid 8 years ago
That thing still creeps me out.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Paranomali 8 years ago
What the actual hell. Freaky !


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