The video below shows a lab prototype of the four-legged robot named AlphaDog. The robot is as big as a donkey and is designed to wear up to 200 kilograms of material. This is much more than the 155 kilogram that its predecessor Bigdog could handle. But it’s even more than a 110 kilogram horse can comfortably carry.
The dog can do distances of 32 km. Using his computer vision, the robot navigates over rough terrain following troops during missions. Also, the robot can navigate itself using an on-board GPS system.
Like Bigdog, Alphadog can remain standing when pushed. However if the robot ends up falling, it can get up by itself (shown at the end of the movie).
The AlphaDog is currently under development. Within six months the developers expect it to be ready for outside testing. “Around mid-2012 we expect the robot to be ready for initial field tests,” says Boston Dynamics President Marc Raibert.