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DARPA's Robot, LS3

DARPA's Robot, LS3 Can Follow Troops into Battle



LS3 Four-Legged Robot Plays Follow the Leader

By www.darpa.mil
12-19-12

     For the past two weeks, in the woods of central Virginia around Fort Pickett, the Legged Squad Support System (LS3) four-legged robot has been showing off its capabilities during field testing. Working with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL), researchers from DARPA’s LS3 program demonstrated new advances in the robot’s control, stability and maneuverability, including "Leader Follow" decision making, enhanced roll recovery, exact foot placement over rough terrain, the ability to maneuver in an urban environment, and verbal command capability.

The LS3 program seeks to demonstrate that a highly mobile, semi-autonomous legged robot can carry 400 lbs of a squad’s equipment, follow squad members through rugged terrain and interact with troops in a natural way similar to a trained animal with its handler. The robot could also be able to maneuver at night and serve as a mobile auxiliary power source to the squad, so troops can recharge batteries for radios and handheld devices while on patrol.

“This was the first time DARPA and MCWL were able to get LS3 out on the testing grounds together to simulate military-relevant training conditions,” said Lt. Col. Joseph Hitt, DARPA program manager. “The robot’s performance in the field expanded on our expectations, demonstrating, for example, how voice commands and “follow the leader” capability would enhance the robot’s ability to interact with warfighters. We were able to put the robot through difficult natural terrain and test its ability to right itself with minimal interaction from humans.” . . .
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2 comments :

  1. And this is where our tax dollars go while homeless vets wonder where their next meal comes from?
    This is the best they can do- a COW?

    All senses (and money) have been dumped in the latrine as usual!

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  2. This robot sucks ass. It weights much more than it can carry, and is loud. Yet, I am eager to see what this kind of research will lead to in the next 5-10 years. Or should I be frightened?
    When alternative energy becomes mainstream, this thing will indeed be scary.

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