I think that if Skynet would have a name today, it would be called Boston Dynamics. :p
If you don’t know this company already (famous for its BigDog), they are genius ! Forget about all those crappy stupid robots that says “hi” and do some weird dance ! Those of Boston Dynamics are totally different and really creepy ! The beginning of the end as most people would say. No seriously, there work is awesome and you should check it out.
Before becoming Boston Dynamics, they were “The Leg Laboratory” (leglab). That was between 1980-1995, more than 15 years ago !!
BigDog is probably, as today, the most famous and most advanced robot from Boston Dynamics !
It is a 4 legs mule robot measuring 90 cm long and 76 cm tall and weight 108 Kg. It got a bunch of different sensors also gyroscope and a LIDAR with stereo vision system
BigDog can run at 6 Km and climb hills up to 35° ! all that by carrying an 154 Kg of stuff. And because it wasn’t enough, it could run for 20 Km without stopping or re-fueling (yes it does use fuel) (UPDATE video March 2010)
The ultimate goal for BigDog is to develop a robot that can go anywhere people and animals can go. The program is funded by the Tactical Technology Office at DARPA.
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As today, this is there new toy ! It is not a T800 yet, but we are getting close 🙂 (UPDATE video April 2010)