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Offline JOMA  
#1 Posted : Saturday, May 30, 2015 3:08:17 PM(UTC)
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http://www.cnet.com/news...-obstacles-autonomously/

I've kept up with this since the first iteration. Pretty cool how far they've come with it.
Hopefully they don't turn on their masters.
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#2 Posted : Saturday, May 30, 2015 3:23:49 PM(UTC)
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The military applications of this would be ridiculous.
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#3 Posted : Saturday, May 30, 2015 5:52:17 PM(UTC)
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The military applications of this would be ridiculous.


ehhh, they need to make it EMP immune somehow first before even considering a military application.

I've been following this little guy's developement too. It's pretty neat to see it progress so much.
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#4 Posted : Saturday, May 30, 2015 5:55:09 PM(UTC)
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EMPs are unrealistic. It requires a nuclear blast in the air. Even then, it would be expensive, and almost easier to attack it by hand.
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#5 Posted : Saturday, May 30, 2015 6:27:27 PM(UTC)
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Yeah, I can't see it being used as an attack system but for reconnaissance or for maybe patrolling an area and sending back video it would be cool. I think drones are a better attack system since it can't easily be hit from the ground.
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#6 Posted : Saturday, May 30, 2015 6:35:41 PM(UTC)
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The Cheetah can be stealthy I think.
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#7 Posted : Saturday, May 30, 2015 6:45:01 PM(UTC)
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You'd be surprised to see what the world's militaries are capable of. "The fact that the U.S. Defense Technology Plan confirms that development of advanced EMP weapons continues to this day, and not just by the Americans." Non-nuclear / air raid EMPs have been in development since the early 1990's. With the advancement of this robot, why wouldn't it be possible to have even more advanced weapons.
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#8 Posted : Saturday, May 30, 2015 6:56:34 PM(UTC)
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Beause it has been in development. A. It probably won't be ready for a while and B. We won't use them against us. How long until OTHER countries get this tech is the question.
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#9 Posted : Sunday, May 31, 2015 3:48:41 AM(UTC)
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this is amazing. Would be great to see robots that could be used to search our and rescue people. I could see something this making that a possiblility.
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#10 Posted : Sunday, May 31, 2015 12:04:42 PM(UTC)
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That would be good, I wonder if it has super strength to lift heavy objects such as a large peice of concrete.
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#11 Posted : Friday, October 16, 2015 1:02:09 PM(UTC)
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Military applications for this kind of thing are surprisingly low. Plus, only major countries have anything near EMP burst technology, and if a war with them starts, this robot-cheetah won't be squat.
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#12 Posted : Friday, October 16, 2015 2:08:24 PM(UTC)
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Search and rescue in poorer countries. US military can airdrop these in, and remote control them to rescue people.

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#13 Posted : Friday, October 16, 2015 3:04:41 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Otakuelite Go to Quoted Post
Military applications for this kind of thing are surprisingly low. Plus, only major countries have anything near EMP burst technology, and if a war with them starts, this robot-cheetah won't be squat.


lol, you just aren't being imaginative enough. If you build a Faraday cage around the critical components and isolate said components with non-conductive materials as well as rubber feet on the robot... this thing should be safe from an EMP burst, except maybe those caused by a nuclear attack... which at that point, I don't think the cheetah would be the target, rather the collateral damage.

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#14 Posted : Friday, October 16, 2015 4:40:01 PM(UTC)
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But what's the application? There are remotely piloted planes that can more accurately drop larger munitions, boots on the ground are quieter and require less energy, and this thing is years out from being smart enough to walk over uneven ground, let alone a forest or mountain. Let's not even talk about communications, how are you going to talk to it in a cave or under dense foliage?

I'm not saying it has no application, but the technology isn't advanced enough to warrant millions of dollars to fund it.
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#15 Posted : Friday, October 16, 2015 5:15:44 PM(UTC)
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In it's current state, the application is very limited, and would be a pain to maintain in a combat zone and likely very expensive.

But once the technology matures, something like this would have potential of blending into surroundings as wildlife, a stray dog, etc. for purposes of recon. It could be used for searching buildings; legs work better than wheels for getting up stairs and climbing over obstacles. It could be weaponized, to carry out smaller scale strikes, or assassinations, that would not put humans at risk, and have less collateral damage compared to an explosive dropped from the sky.

Also, navigation under conditions where communication is unavailable is possible. If the goal is supply troops in hard to reach places, set a GPS coordinate, and the robot can plot it's course, when GPS is unavailable, locally stored maps, in combination with the many sensor this thing would have will allow the robot to navigate to it's destination.
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