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Jumping Jack the Robot

11/17/2017 8:27 AM

Boston Dynamics strikes again!!!

Now this guy is extraordinary! Not only that, but he is not perfect in his acrobatics, since he does not "stick" every landing as you will see in the video. I put this in aerospace, since he does go airborne.

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11/17/2017 9:08 AM

That's pretty amazing! You could swear there is a person in a robot suit.

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11/17/2017 9:37 AM

Yup, I did check out the size of it's waist just to be sure!
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11/17/2017 10:24 AM

Really creepy how human it looks!

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11/17/2017 11:10 AM

Especially the ones at the end where the landing was not "stuck".

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11/17/2017 4:36 PM

Even creepier without even the semblance of a head. I have the same problem with Boston Dynamics' new miniSpot. The old one sort of had a head but the little one ... eeuuwww. They can move like dogs, like this jumping jack moves like a human.

Marc Raibert and crew have come a long way since his lab was testing robot locomotion in a parking lot at Carnegie Mellon, way back in the '80s.

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11/17/2017 11:10 AM

wow,... very human-like. its unbelievable the kinds of gyros, and feedback loops required for the extremely fast (PID) adjustments. Almost anticipated adjustments that will be needed.

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11/17/2017 1:00 PM

Yikes....the olympics will never be the same.....

Ha! Let's see that bag of bolts do that!!

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11/17/2017 1:14 PM

Plus,.. the Robotics fails isn't as entertaining interesting.

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11/18/2017 10:40 PM

Having been mediocre at best at gymnastics, I don't get a belly laugh from these accidents.

I see broken wrists, broken noses, dislocated shoulders, broken tailbone, neck injuries - etc.

Funny? No. preventable with better coaching - yes.

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11/19/2017 3:05 PM

As a former (very amateur) gymnast (like most tings in life) training only goes so far.

You are constantly pushing the envelope so accidents will eventually happen no matter how good you or your training is.

Fortunately I was never seriously hurt before I got out of that sort of thing, although I do have a twisted ribcage due to a trampolining accident (technically hitting the ground caused it).

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11/17/2017 2:05 PM

Beauty in motion, motion is beauty?

Boston Dynamics is never done, they work at constant state of improvement.

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11/17/2017 2:11 PM

Boston Dynamics,.. I have heard that before, it was in the news a few years back... but I can't recall for what...

Was it about some billionaire is backing it or something?...

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11/17/2017 2:27 PM

I do not recall, but they must have some benefactor in their past. I have no idea if they have sales that make this endeavor profitable or even lucrative.

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11/17/2017 4:37 PM

Google bought them.

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11/19/2017 3:49 PM

8 June 2017 Japanese company SoftBank Group apparently bought them.

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11/19/2017 3:10 PM

Good sensor feedback and software programming on the landing stumble and recovery at the end. Shows they were not just reproducing pre-programmed human movements.

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