Heh heh...heh heh...Robomule..Heh heh

BIV

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Robo-mule: The military's rugged new wilderness beast

Thanks to a sure-footed mechanical pack animal, U.S. troops could soon shed their bulky backpacks as they trek through treacherous terrain

posted on February 9, 2012, at 5:52 PM

The military's new mule-like robot, LS3, can carry up to 400 pounds over 20 miles without refueling. Photo: YouTube SEE ALL 23 PHOTOS


Best Opinion: CNET, Geek.com
The video: Move over, Petman. The military has a new walking robot: The LS3 (Legged Squad Support System), a big, fast, "rugged" machine that can carry more than 400 pounds of supplies (without refueling) over 20 miles of tough terrain where wheels wouldn't cut it. The robo-mule, designed by the government's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is equipped with sensors that allow it to auto-correct its balance. (Watch a video below.) The machine's creators say they'll soon teach their robotic pack animal how to understand spoken commands like "stop," "sit," and "come here" — and hopefully deploy it on field exercises with Marines within two years.
The reaction: This isn't the prettiest "war horse" I've ever seen, says Tim Hornyak at CNET. "Megatron looks beautiful by comparison." And it's not "exactly ready for live action in its current state," says Ray Walters at Geek.com. The robo-mule prototype is brutally loud, making it awfully "hard for a unit of soldiers to not give away their position to the enemy when using it." But hey, at least it has a mobile charging station for radio equipment, phones, and iPods. "Fortunate Son," anyone? Take a look:
Vid at link:
http://theweek.com/article/index/224205/robo-mule-the-militarys-rugged-new-wilderness-beast
 

Josh_R

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can carry up to 400 pounds over 20 miles without refueling.
Seems like a bunch of these would have been cheaper...



And we wonder why our government accounts for like 45% of the entire world's military spending.
 

BIV

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Seems like a bunch of these would have been cheaper...



And we wonder why our government accounts for like 45% of the entire world's military spending.
Um...no. Not over the kind of terrain we are talking about and able to act autonomously. Someone steering doesn't have a gun in his hand.

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[video=youtube;xY42w1w0TWk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY42w1w0TWk[/video]

Jesus Christ that thing is loud. Why not just replace dog tags with cowbells while you're at it?