every now and then, I'll feature robotic items on this blog (because I'm interested in technology and stuff) and even though this one's the most obviously military robot I've ever featured it's also one of the more interesting problem-reaction-solution demonstrations I've seen in recent years.
But what is it? That's what you're thinking, right? It used to be called the Donkey Robot. But it's actually called Boston Dynamics Big Dog and it's a totally self-sufficient pack animal that can carry up to 340 lbs across snow, ice, rubble, mud, oil, corpses, blood and all'a that good stuff you find in war.
The Big Dog would work great in a pseudo-Gaza/Bosnian urban environment, give it some heat-seeking tracker ability and a good set of guns'n'ammo and you got yourself a cyborg killing donkey. Imagine the comical battlefield reload scenario of one robot donkey mounting another robot donkey from behind, a great big pneumatic ammo arm disgorging from the blood slaked undercarriage and drilling yards of split-tip ammo into a rearward facing portal. Nice work, you murderin' bastards.
Additionally, as you'll see from the ROBOTICS SECTION of the Boston Dynamics website, all those Eugenics apocalypse sci-fi polemics aren't that far off in the future. You got your crawly spider Rise famous from Philip K Dick short stories and you got your Aibo-style Little Dog and your crawling around on the battlefield creepy crawly rHex. It's looking mighty gloomy for the common foot soldier, especially as the New World Order just designated YOU THE PEOPLE as the enemy.
UPDATE 1: Big Dog has just been deployed in Afghanistan.
UPDATE 2: I was watching this second Big Dog video for a while going, "Wow, they've really cracked the 'making the legs look real' algorythm."