US Military Robotics take some Big Strides this Week

I love military hardware and history. Some big news came out this week on advancements in robotics and drone warfare.  This week an aerial drone successfully landed on an aircraft carrier for the first time and and America’s most advanced human looking robot was revealed.

Drone and robot use has increased dramatically and will be a major force in our military in as soon as the next few years.

Here is a look at the latest tech:

“The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first carrier-based arrested landing on board USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia July 10.”

And meet Atlas, one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever built, created by Boston Dynamics:

Amazing!

Stick some armor plate on that guy and give him a couple Squad Automatic Weapons or some AA-12 automatic shotguns and he would look pretty ferocious!

Robo Dog: Man’s new best Friend?

DARPA, the military research group, and Boston Dynamics have released another video of AlphaDog, or as they lovingly call it the Legged Squad Support System (LS3). The robotic assistant is being developed to help dismounted troops by carrying gear. In the latest video the bot can be seen following a soldier using a control pad device.

According to Wired’s Danger Room the robot can carry up to 400 pounds and has a range of 20 miles.

Pretty cool stuff, and it doesn’t even need a good boy treat!

Cheetah Robot sets new Land Speed Record

If your post Terminator apocalyptic survival plan involved running away from the robots, forget it! The DARPA backed Boston Dynamic’s “Cheetah” has set a new land speed record for legged robots . The robot can run up to 18 miles an hour,  up from the previous 1989 record of 13.1 mph.

It looks like it is running backwards, but the bendable body is pretty cool. And as it is with most American built robots, it has no head. This is usually done on purpose. Americans have a very negative response to robots, especially to ones that look human. We have been raised by American cinema that robots are bad.

On the contrary, Japanese robots are built to look as human as possible. But in their culture, the robot was always the good guy, the hero.

Well, there you have robot psychology 101, now you can tell your friends that you learned something important today.  🙂