Monday, December 28, 2015

Boston Dynamics Retires BigDog for Being Too Noisy

According to Gizmodo, Boston Dynamics is ending development of the BigDog robot because it is too noisy to be practical for the operations in which it was designed to be useful.  The company has learned a lot from this design and plans to use features from it in future robots, but a robot that is designed to be useful to in field military operations can't be so loud that it gives up it's troops position to the enemy.

Although I really wonder if the enemy is feeling too emboldened to attack a unit that has one of these bad boys running around on their side.  I'd think the second BigDog was spotted, the enemies would be running away in the opposite direction is quickly as possible.