The four-legged military robot AlphaDog grows and develops


    Back in September of this year, it was known that the LS3 four-legged walking robot, also known as AlphaDog, received a lot of upgrades that gave it new features and functions. And since the fall, the robot participated in an extensive field test program in which, in addition to representatives of Boston Dynamics, the American military also took an active part, and the video below filmed in these tests is presented below, which clearly shows us some of the new capabilities of the LS3 robot.

    Let me remind you that the LS3 robot is created as a kind of cargo "vehicle", capable of completely moving independently on difficult and rough terrain and which can carry 180 kg of cargo at a distance of more than 30 kilometers for 24 hours. All this a robot must be able to do completely independently, without automatically requiring any human intervention. This will allow soldiers not to be distracted by controlling the robot and focus as much as possible on the implementation of the main task.

    To implement the above requirements, the LS3 robot learned to move, constantly following a given person at a given distance. In order to control the robot, you no longer need to press buttons and perform other actions, because the AlphaDog robot is able to recognize and execute ten different voice commands, such as “follow me”, “stand”, “sit”, “stand” "," Turn around "and other similar teams. In addition, the AlphaDog robot perfectly perceives and executes more complex commands, consisting of a combination of several simple voice commands.

    Here are some of the other new features of AlphaDog.
    - In addition to voice control, the LS3 robot was able to detect thickets and assess their patency, because it can move around a bush whose height does not exceed 1.5 meters;
    - In addition to the mode of following a person and following a predetermined route using the GPS system, the robot can set the direction, distance and it will independently reach the given point;
    - Now the AlphaDog robot can successfully move independently in conditions of zero visibility, using the control points set on the GPS route for movement;
    - The noise level emitted by the robot is reduced to a value of 70 decibels, which is equivalent to the noise level emitted by a vacuum cleaner or a car.

    Over the next two years, AlphaDog will be involved in a series of field trials that will take place every two to three months. As these tests are performed, new functions and capabilities will be added to the robot, the operation of all its functions will be checked under various meteorological conditions and in the conditions of various types of terrain.

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