DARPA unveils robotic mule. Hot or Not?

Captain Foxhound BN0 2012/09/11 22:10:16
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Today, the U.S. military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released an exciting and unusual video of its latest robotic creation: a mule-like device that gracefully and quietly walks over rugged terrain.

Officially named the Legged Squad Support System (LS3), the walking “pack mule” prototype was designed to show that “a legged robot can unburden dismounted squad members by carrying their gear, autonomously following them through rugged terrain, and interpreting verbal and visual commands,” according to the DARPA website.

“We’ve refined the LS3 platform and have begun field-testing against requirements of the Marine Corps,” said Army Lt. Col. Joe Hitt, DARPA program manager. “The vision for LS3 is to combine the capabilities of a pack mule with the intelligence of a trained animal.”

The LS3 is able to rapidly change speeds based on squad commands. It can maintain a walking speed of 1 to 3 mph over rough terrain, transition to a 5-mph “jog” and run up to 7 mph over flatter, less demanding surfaces. See full story at the link below.

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  • S. Gompers 2012/09/13 06:16:23
    S. Gompers
    The noise will give the enemy plenty of time to set an ambush.
  • Q 2012/09/12 16:48:10
    It is pretty cool but I liked the one that can run faster than Usain Bolt better.
  • Ashley<3Sierra 2012/09/12 14:06:24
    I love technology <3
  • Barbara 2012/09/12 06:30:42
    Ha! wonder how many times it will ....break down.....I think its a waste of money!!!
  • Pyro-82 2012/09/12 06:13:53
    Awsome, as long as it stays docile as one.
  • Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2012/09/12 00:03:07
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    Real mules are quieter. That thing is noisy.
    They could hear you coming for miles.
    What happens if it has a short circuit?
  • N. Zane 2012/09/11 23:54:28
    N. Zane
    its awesome, but wouldnt it be cheaper to just use a mule?
  • Rotten Apples 2012/09/11 23:51:58
    Rotten Apples
    i want one!
  • The Amazin' Guru of Chibis 2012/09/11 23:51:18 (edited)
    The Amazin' Guru of Chibis
    Good! Soon our robotic fiends will march across the globe, facilitating the rise of THE MACHINE MEN!!! scary robots
  • Tudie BN 2012/09/11 23:43:03
    Tudie BN
    They surly have a use in mind for it ..Its a funny looking thing !
  • lee 2012/09/11 23:33:21
    i want one for backpacking.

    can it fend off bears too?
  • Rotten ... lee 2012/09/11 23:53:26
    Rotten Apples
    if you equip it with a granade launcher, it can explode all kinds of bears!
  • Zervur 2012/09/11 22:48:22
    could be useful.

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