might recall seeing the video of Boston Dynamics' "Big Dog" robot that
is part of a DARPA project developing battlefield automatons capable
of carrying heavy loads at a swift pace over rugged terrain. Their
newest humaniod, called "Pet-Proto,"
is enough to give you nightmares. Add a few lowpass filters on the
joint mechanics and this boy would look like it came straight out of
the Transformers or Terminator movies. One big hurdle that has to be
overcome is the power source. Big Dog has an internal combustion
engine driving a hydraulic pump (electronics probably work on
batteries), and this Pet-Proto dude has hydraulic lines from an
external supply. The robots are capable of autonomous decision making
and are guided and motivated by GPS, LIDAR, ground sensors,
gyroscopes, and other super-sophisticated devices.
Videos of automated factory fabrication and assembly lines are awesome. Watching the robots sling metal
panels around for presses using hundreds of thousands of pounds of pressure to stamp out body panels for
the Tesla Model S electric car is an inspiring reminder of how ingenuous and capable our fellow homo
sapiens can be in spite of politicians' best efforts to enslave an underclass voting bloc of slackers.
Think of the amount of knowledge required to conceive of and execute the processes show in this video -
metallurgy, robotics, software, production planning, material sourcing and handling, factory
environment, structural analysis, safety, testing, budgeting, training, union demands, human concerns,
massive governmental regulation, surface finishing, marketing, work flow, and a host of other issues.
That doesn't even include the brainpower necessary to plan, design, test, and build all the electrical and
electronics parts of the vehicle.
Utterly amazing. It takes 3-5 days from beginning to end to build a Model S. Even back in the 'old
days' when most of the labor was manual, film reels showing masses of humans working together to make a
complex piece of machinery like a Ford Model T will bring a tear to the eye of any self-respecting tech aficionado.
OK Go - "I Won't Let You Down"
Go is perhaps best known for sophisticated videos that require extremely high levels of choreography. Their
I Won't Let You Down video was posted on
YouTube just yesterday and it has nearly 2.5 million views a day later. Back in 2010 I posted their Mousetrap-like
This Too Shall Pass video;
it now has more than 45 million views. Two major aspects of high technology are featured here: Honda's UNI-CUB β
robotic unicycle and the use of a remote control
for filming the video. Honda is not selling the UNI-CUB β yet, so Honda must have been involved in the effort;
the OK Go video is featured on the ...