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Feb 8, 2012Science and Technology
VIDEO: DARPA robotic horse carries gear for military squads

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has developed a robotic horse that will alleviate the physical strain and fatigue soldiers experience when they have to carry over 100 pounds of gear. The highly mobile and semi-autonomous four-legged robot is called Legged Squad Support System (LS3) and can perceive obstacles to adjust its path. The LS3 was designed for squad support and thus has a significantly higher carrying capacity than DARPA's earlier mobility technology, BigDog.

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Andrei IvanovWhat a truly remarkable invention. Those last 10 seconds where you can see the swiveling head coming at you really drive home the point that robotics is just decades away from the realm of Star Wars and, hopefully not, Terminator.
Feb 8, 2012
Aurora SterlingAgreed, Zhi. I can see how it would be useful, but it's eerie.
Feb 8, 2012
Zhi PengCreepy horse.
Feb 8, 2012
Alvin SchaefferIncredible. You can imagine what sorts of robotic horses they'll be inventing 20 years from now.
Feb 8, 2012
Richard NoguchiHa... this is pretty cool.
Feb 8, 2012
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