DARPA Offers Boston Dynamics $10 Million: Top 5 Robots by the Company!

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By Sachin Trivedi | September 25, 2013 12:52 PM EST

DARPA has reportedly offered Boston Dynamics $10 Million, in order to make their LS3 robot as silent as possible and also bullet proof. The company has made a name for itself for developing cutting edge robotic technology. Here are the top 5 robots by the company!

PETMAN:

This robot has been designed to test chemical protection clothing, as seen in the video the robot mimics human movement, which is near human. The robot does not need a lot of support system and is seen balancing itself while walking, bending and performing other human like movements.

The robot also simulates human body conditions like body temperature, humidity and sweating. The tests performed by the robot helps the defence establishment to prepare for chemical warfare.

CHEETAH:

This is dubbed as the fastest legged robot in the world, travelling at a maximum speed of about 46 km per hour. The robot, as seen in the video, mimics the movement of a four legged animal while running. The robot has a flexible back that moves back and forth on every step.

The robot is currently being tested on a treadmill in a lab and needs help from a device to keep it running in the middle of the treadmill. The next version of the robot called "WildCat" will be tested outdoors towards the end of 2013.

BigDog:

This is a robotic beast of burden; it can carry heavy loads in rough terrains and will be helpful to access areas which do not have road access. The robot can perform functions like walking, running and climbing. The control system on the robot helps it stay balanced in muddy terrain, rubble, snow and watery terrain. It can also climb a slope, which is not more than 35 degrees.

The robot can carry about 150 kg of load. The size of the robot is that of a large dog or a mule, hence the name.

RiSE:

The wall climbing robot looks like something from a science fiction movie. The robot uses micro claws to scale tall buildings. The robot has six legs, operated with an electric motor. The robot is 0.25 meters long, weighs 2 kg and can travel at a speed of 0.3 meters per second.

LittleDog:

This robot is mostly used for research and learning. It helps scientists understand the relationship between motor learning, dynamic control, perception of the environment, and rough-terrain locomotion.

The robot is used in MIT, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, USC, University of Pennsylvania and IHMC.

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