#1 By: Cory Doctorow, October 5th, 2013 11:57
#2 By: Kevin Thoman, October 5th, 2013 12:15
Once they lower the noise level of operating these robots, they will make terrifying weapons of war.
#3 By: fractos, October 5th, 2013 12:17
I'm going to have to re-think my "I only need a katana" idea for the coming drone wars.
#4 By: William_Holz, October 5th, 2013 12:19
I know! It's like the most annoying puppy EVER!
#5 By: TheMetalPedant, October 5th, 2013 12:36
Heck, they don't need to change it. Leave it as is, without any weapons, even. If I saw it and didn't know what it was, I'd sure as hell run from it.
#6 By: Preston, October 5th, 2013 12:49
I'm hanging onto my Mauser.
#7 By: Joe Rodgers, October 5th, 2013 12:52
When I see "whose gallop is a precision joy to behold", I read that as, "having a gait that will send you tumbling down the uncanny valley". Terror weapon indeed! If James Cameron had had the budget, his Skynet would have had these kind of ground units.
Warfare has an aesthetic, and this thing is hideous in a very deliberate way.
#8 By: Preston, October 5th, 2013 12:52
I'm sure the next step will be some sort of fuel cell that that drives electric motors. It might be a bit heavier than that go-cart engine, but it will be simpler mechanically and probably even use multiple fuels in the field.
#9 By: Jim_Campbell, October 5th, 2013 12:54
Ok who's gonna be the first one to saddle this thing and ride it?
#10 By: Preston, October 5th, 2013 12:56
The advantages over wheels would probably be very limited except that this kind of unit would eventually be able to traverse very narrow trails and probably climb ladders. But even a wheeled vehicle could have Segway-style stability, so the gap in performance might be quite small.
#11 By: Austin Hamman, October 5th, 2013 13:00
so first big dog, now wildcat eh?
also, ditch the internal combustion engine, get a tesla style electric battery. this way they dont hear you coming a mile away.
#12 By: rocketpj, October 5th, 2013 13:08
Once they go into mass production they will be truly terrifying. If they can run quiet, they could swarm almost any installation, even just as self propelled bombs.
I can imagine 'mule' trains of these supplying outposts, with a few human and robot riders for defense. I can also imagine one on every street corner armed with cameras and weapons, keeping us all in line. Terrifying.
#13 By: Tim Drage, October 5th, 2013 13:09
#14 By: William_Holz, October 5th, 2013 13:15
Small holes, rope, and sharp corners are their weakness.
We'll have to spend a lot more money on infrastructure before I'm terribly concerned. They're really not any more impressive than a robot with big wheels for such things.
Or blimps with guns.
#15 By: hamish strong, October 5th, 2013 13:16
There was a really great robot proposed for off-earth exploration (don't rememebr exactly where) that had long arm/leg extemities with wheels on the end. it could lock the wheels and walk, or unlock and roll. The arm/legs even had grabber, scooper multitools on them as well. Will post if I can find it
#16 By: Ken, October 5th, 2013 13:41
Agreed. As it is, it would be like getting attacked by a swarm of weedwhackers.
#17 By: Jeremy Sweeney, October 5th, 2013 13:43
The engine's driving a hydraulic pump.
#18 By: Jeremy Sweeney, October 5th, 2013 13:44
Wheeled vehicles are actually good only for wide open spaces. Legged robots are a hell of a lot more flexible.
#19 By: salmiakkihedgehog, October 5th, 2013 13:45
I blame Valve for making this robot remind me so much of the Hunters from Half-Life 2 Episode 2.
#20 By: Boundegar, October 5th, 2013 13:52
I was sorry they didn't include the part where a tiny TIE-fighter wrapped a cable around its legs. Then, inexplicably, it explodes!
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