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  1. Mark_Frauenfelder says:

    I was waiting for someone to kick it.

    • Dean Putney says:

      Me too. What cruel, heartless world do we live in where we all expect incredible robots to be kicked?

      • Damian Barajas says:

        Its a cruel world where we need to kick robots to ensure survival, and at the same time worry that we could lose some of our humanity over how we treat animated non living objects.

      • Brainspore says:

        Y’all are coming to the Flesh Fair this weekend, right?

    • -hms- says:

       By “kick it”, I assume you mean apply force with the foot, not the colloquial “engage in innuendo-laced banter, in hopes of procuring a date” because those are some pretty sexy squat-twists, which definitely could start to set off some post-uncanny-valley attraction to this hulking mix of sports-car lines and jungle-cat agility. 

      • ldobe says:

        When it went into the squat, was anyone else disappointed that it didn’t do a back flip?

        • Sergey Vershinin says:

          Patience my friend, I give it another year or two and it’ll do that and more … and that worries me, a little.

      • euansmith says:

        I’m still waiting for Pris the Basic Pleasure Model.

    • jimkirk says:

      I’m waiting to see someone kick it, and then watch it kick them back.

  2. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    BigDog, bring out the gimp…

  3. vonbobo says:

    But can it clean the kitty litter?

  4. Brainspore says:

    The skin also maintains a micro-climate inside the clothing by sweating and regulating temperature.

    “The 600 series had rubber skin. We spotted them easy, but these are new. They look human – sweat, bad breath, everything.”—Kyle Reese

    • lavardera says:

      Testing protective clothing today. 
      Walking right out of there looking for Sarah Connor tomorrow.

      • Brainspore says:

        Well they’ll start looking for her tomorrow, but they won’t catch up with her until about 30 years ago.

  5. PhosPhorious says:

    I’ll just leave this here. . .


  6. dave moore says:

    Any excuse to link to this…


  7. Rickenbacker4001 says:

    Well, it is a step up from an arm attached to a wheelchair with Robert Vaughn coming out of a speaker.

  8. GuyInMilwaukee says:

    Well at least we now have someone to walk bigdog now. 

  9. steve849 says:

    Held up with wires. Honking power supply cord. Not scared. 

  10. steve849 says:

    Okay. Scared. 

  11. dhparlee says:

    He looks constipated.

  12. IronEdithKidd says:

    Welp, we’re fucked.  Boston Dynamics, cursed by thyne name.

  13. jsd says:


  14. Supernumerary says:

    All I see is something which belongs in Silent Hill.

  15. Editz says:


  16. planettom says:

    Boston Dynamics: Deciding your fate in a microsecond since 1992!

  17. garyg2 says:

    Around 0:44 I was disappointed he didn’t break into a running man dance (or whatever it’s called, y’know, mc hammer and stuff).

  18. so, clearly we need to ramp up the genetically engineered super powers research.   : P

  19. Pobol Pobotrol says:

    Foot drones to kill with legal impunity. Truly horrifying.

  20. VoxExMachina says:


  21. Brandon Wright says:

    What’s with the creepy fallout style suit?

    Can someone say “robot soldiers”…

    • Robert Drop says:

      Supposedly the robot exists to put the protective suit through a reasonable workout for testing purposes.  Honestly I think they just put it on the robot to make it look more creepy.

  22. rvernon says:

    Clearly Boston Dynamics one of the four horsemen of the robot apocalypse.

    Also, clearly, they appear to be the only robotics research company who understands how to do fast kinematics and balancing.   Others have done some good work, but these people PRODUCE.

  23. Chandler Lewis says:

    Petman is a fucking great band name.  They’d be on Touch and Go.

  24. OtherMichael says:

    I continue to find BigDog creepy – it’s always moving “unnaturally”. This robot guy was mostly not creepy when he moved naturally, and only moderately creepy when he jittered. He could have been doing dubstep-dance moves at that point for all I know.

    Seriously – PETMAN moves so much more naturally than Marquese Scott in this video.


  25. jimkirk says:

    44 comments and no “I for one welcome…”?  

  26. 3ringquercus says:

    He’s the only humanoid in existence that hasn’t attempted either The Harlem Shake *or* Gangnam Style…I suppose it’s just a matter of time, or a short circuit.

  27. PaulDavisTheFirst says:

    they managed the single red “eye”, so how about a bit more effort  to follow the historical design of a cylon centurion, eh?

  28. golvio says:

    It’s half Uncanny Valley and half “Haters Gonna Hate.”

  29. Their feldspars says:

    Seems like a long way to go just to test protective clothing. A mannequin with sensors wouldn’t be good enough? In a few years, these things are going to be everywhere: worker-bee drones remotely operated from China for $3 a day. Think unemployment is bad now? Mock my words.

  30. Please for give my ineptitude, but rather than invent a robot that sweats, wouldn’t it have been easier to just pay a guy to put on the suit and run with it? Lots of folks looking for work these days…

  31. I expected the robot to stop and say ” I am fluent in over six million forms of communication…” but I got the silent treatment. 

  32. This robot isn’t held up with wires


  33. timquinn says:

    Yeah, oh come on that is so obviously fake and I’m not about to . . . oh . . .

  34. Bangorian says:

    I really wanted to be impressed.   But the amount of tension on those center cables, over the shoulder’s, makes it clear that this thing is more marionette than terminator.  It can’t even stand on its own.  

  35. regondi says:

    0:46, cue “Tequila”

  36. Preston Sturges says:

    Give him a rubber Shatner mask and butcher knife, and voila, Michael Myers.

    In fact I bet they’ve already done that.

  37. Preston Sturges says:

    Remind me again how nobody needs armor piercing ammunition? 

  38. Barry Goldstein says:

    Ok, I found the scary part.


    Why would a robot making company need any “solutions let you network your human entities with unparalleled fidelity and precision.”

    This is software to add human faces and reactions  to video simulations, like police or military training programs. But…really?

    This is how they are going to make scary faces on their scary robots.

    And you know that big dog thing is going to get the scary human face…