Robotic Mule – SL3 Legged Squad Support System

Working with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL), researchers from DARPA’s LS3 program demonstrated new advances in the robot’s control, stability and maneuverability, including “Leader Follow” decision making, enhanced roll recovery, exact foot placement over rough terrain, the ability to maneuver in an urban environment, and verbal command capability.

(1937) How Differential Steering Works

How the automobile differential allows a vehicle to turn a corner while keeping the wheels from skidding. This is an excellent lecture in the workings of a mechanical differential system. This video slowly builds on simple concepts allowing the viewer the ability to keep up and see how a complex, robust system is built around basic concepts and improved over time.

Welcome To The Uncanny Valley

The PETMAN robot was developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from the DoD CBD program. It is used to test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments. The video shows initial testing in a chemical protection suit and gas mask. PETMAN has sensors embedded in its skin that detect any chemicals leaking through the suit. The skin also maintains a micro-climate inside the clothing by sweating and regulating temperature. Partners in developing PETMAN were MRIGlobal, Measurement Technology Northwest, Smith Carter, CUH2A, and HHI.