Watch Santa Sled Pulled By Boston Dynamics BigDog Robots

Posted: Dec 23 2015, 4:00am CST | by , Updated: Dec 23 2015, 10:47am CST, in News | Technology News

 
Watch Santa Sled Pulled by Boston Dynamics BigDog Robots

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The is the most geeky Happy Holidays video message you will see this year.

Google owned Boston Dynamics released a very Geeky Holiday video. Watch Santa's sled pulled by three BigDog robots, fully equipped with reindeer antlers.

The robot dogs totally got the reindeer trot in their cables. The BigDog can run at up to 4 mph, climbs slopes up to 35 degrees, walks across rubble, climbs muddy hiking trails, walks in snow and water, and carries 340 lb load. Pulling Santa's sled is an easy task for these advanced machines. Watch this incredible geeky christmas video below.

The BigDogs are rough-terrain robots that walks, runs, climbs and carries heavy loads. Powered by an engine that drives a hydraulic actuation system, the BigDog has four legs that are articulated like an animal's.

BigDog is the size of a large dog or small mule; about 3 feet long, 2.5 feet tall and weighs 240 lbs.

BigDog's on-board computer controls locomotion, processes sensors and handles communications with the user. BigDog’s control system keeps it balanced, manages locomotion on a wide variety of terrains and does navigation.

Sensors for locomotion include joint position, joint force, ground contact, ground load, a gyroscope, LIDAR and a stereo vision system. Other sensors focus on the internal state of BigDog, monitoring the hydraulic pressure, oil temperature, engine functions, battery charge and others.

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