In the movies, the robot apocalypse often occurs when the United States military opts to deploy high tech robots (I am looking at you, Terminator franchise!) But in reality, military robots can provide a great deal of assistance to troops, including navigating hostile terrain, providing reconnaissance and even carrying gear. The latest robot from DARPA (Defense Advances Research Projects Agency), the AlphaDog, can help soldiers tote their heavy equipment through hostile terrain.
Known as the LS3, the AlphaDog is a legged robotic support soldier designed to carry geat for American soldiers in military situation. The LS3 was developed by Boston Dynamics and can understand basic verbal and visual commands. According to Boston Dynamics, it designs and builds highly advanced robots with remarkable agility, dexterity and speed. The robots feature sensor-based controls and computations to provide complex capabilities.
According to officials at DARPA’s Tactical Technology office, "Today’s dismounted warfighter can be saddled with more than 100 pounds of gear, resulting in physical strain, fatigue and degraded performance. Reducing the load on dismounted warfighters has become a major point of emphasis for defense research and development, because the increasing weight of individual equipment has a negative impact on warfighter readiness… The Army has identified physical overburden as one of its top five science and technology challenges. To help alleviate physical weight on troops, DARPA is developing a four-legged robot, the Legged Squad Support System (LS3), to integrate with a squad of Marines or Soldiers."
Check out the video below to see the LS3 in action!
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Edited by Rich Steeves