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TWSB: Boston Dynamics Takes Alpha Dog to Obedience School

GUYS IT LISTENS TO US NOW!

Alpha Dog, Boston Dynamics’ creepiest freaking dog creature to date, has been updated and now is able to follow vocal commands. He’s quieter than his predecessors and is still able to carry 400-pound loads, navigate uneven terrain, right himself when he bites it, and creep people out.

Video!

Haha, 2:16: “LS3, do a barrel roll!”
2:22: “Nailed it! Let’s go.”

TWSB: Who Let the Dogs Out? Boston Dynamics, Apparently

OH GOD THEY’RE BACK. And with their scariest rendition of “dog” robots yet.

Bigger.
Stronger.
Quieter.
Ready to STOMP YOUR SOUL!

“When fully developed the system will carry 400 lbs of payload on 20-mile missions in rough terrain. […] AlphaDog is designed to be over 10x quieter than BigDog.”

Every time those guys push or kick it I expected ROBOT RETALIATION! Then I saw it right itself and I felt the need to run. Fast.

Here’s an article that expresses a similar degree of “OMFGWE’REALLGOINGTODIE” as me.

30-Day Meme – Day 1: Your favorite song.
Hahaha, I think we all know my answer to this one. Sleepyhead, by Passion Pit, is what I take to be the epitome of musical awesomeness. Here are the reasons I like it:
1. It’s short. I don’t know why, but I’ve always been a fan of shorter songs over longer ones. Sleepyhead clocks in at just under three minutes. I think I tend to like shorter songs because they’re harder for me to get sick of.

2. Good tempo + good beat. Any song with a steady, unwavering time signature is always a winner for me. I don’t like songs that have a great momentum going on and then break things down by either losing the back beat, slowing down, or having the singer stop their singing to rap/talk/go to the bathroom. Sleepyhead stays the same through its duration. That makes me happy.

3. That FREAKING CHORUS. I admit that I didn’t automatically like Sleepyhead when I first downloaded it as an iTunes freebie back in February of 2009. I remember my first listen through and thinking “okay, this song has a nice beat, but there’s nothing too special about it.” Then it hit 1:21 and I fell in love with the chorus. I still love the chorus. I NEED the chorus. I would make sweet, sweet love 24/7 to the chorus.

I would also make sweet, sweet love to the following remixes, which heavily utilize warping the chorus into new and fantastically shocking eargasm-giving sex toys: Cillo, Jazzsteppa, Neo Tokyo.

Haha, okay, I’m done.

Did LittleDog scare you?

Meet his brother, BigDog. You may have already seen him ‘cause he’s been around longer (I think), but regardless:

Yeah, this totally isn’t creepy at all.

Both the stabilization after the guy kicks it and the way it catches itself from biting it on the ice patch literally gave me chills. Still, though…awesome. There’s another video of it with a giant sensor thingy on its head that enables it to follow a human and move without an operator.

The future is here, and it’s got really creepy legs.

Oh, and I’m leaving for Boston in like two hours, so blogs may not happen for a few days.

 

Today’s song: De Internationale by De Stem des Volks