DARPA Robot: Follow Tight


#1

#2

It looks creepy. It needs a new name. Like Cuddles, the friendly friendbot.


#3

Why don’t we just a mule or donkey or camel or horse…


#4

Using traditional pack animals will work in amny cases but they do have limitations such as ensuring access to water and food sources. Even a camel has limitations in the dessert. How well wwould a pack animal recover from a tripping like this robot did? Such robots could also be used for bomb diffusion/disposal. I believe that this technology has even more use wrt exploring the Moon and Mars where a pack animal would be am impossible option.


#5

I guess I was assuming that they’d have to carry fuel for it so that would be the same as food or water. But maybe it has a crazy awesome battery pack or something. I honestly don’t know about the tripping thing. Would an animal have tripped there, would it have recovered? I dunno.

I will say I lol’d when it tripped and rolled and got back up though.


#6

When pack animals trip in rough terrain, it can take them completely out of commision. Per the video, the robot just rolled and got back up.


#7

Yeah, it was pretty cool. Really creepy looking but cool. You’re an electric engineer right? Do you think it was running off of a battery pack?

Also, have you seen the machine that soldiers put on that let’s them ruck with like a ton more weight?


#8

Don’t know if it uses batteries. Would have to research it further. It probably does because that would be quiet compared to a small generator. New battery technology is much lighter with more capacity. However, it looks like it has a strong hull where they could be stored. A bullet in one of those bateries could cause problems for nearby personnel. Fuel for a generator could also be troublesome.

Yes it was a bit creepy and cool at the same time.