Google's Robot Dogs Will Not Be Used By The U.S. Marines
Alphabet-owned Boston Dynamics has been working with DARPA on building robots that could carry supplies for the military. However, the robot dogs are producing too much noise that could compromise covert operations.
Before people can see that robots are heading towards them, it would seem that they will be hearing them first. Engineering and robotics design company Boston Dynamics, a company owned by Google's parent company Alphabet Inc., has been collaborating with the United States Defense Department known as DARPA on building autonomous machines that could carry supplies for the military.
The Pentagon's DARPA first showed off its robot dogs in 2012, known as the LS3 or Legged Squad Support System. The design of these machines is to carry about 400 pounds of supplies for the military through rugged terrains that regular vehicles would not be able to navigate. The US Marines admitted that the dogs would not be making it to the front lines any time soon, since it was producing loud noises that may compromise tactical positions.
The US Marine Corps spokesperson Kyle Olson said to military.com that the noise produced by the LS3's gas-powered engine was tactically unhelpful. He added that as the Marines were using the robots, there was a challenge of seeing potential possibilities because of the robot's limitations itself. The troops took it as it was, a loud machine that is going to compromise their position.
Boston Dynamics also used funds coming from DARPA to build a faster and smaller robot dog known as Spot. Equipped with an electric engine that produces less noise compared to the LS3, its small frame can only carry around 40 pounds of military supplies, which is not much of an aid to the Marines as the troops can carry about 100 pounds themselves.
While the robot dogs are adept in pulling Santa Clause's sleigh, the Spot dogs were not of much use to the troops like the LS3. As of the moment, both robots are in the military's storage, without contracts from the US Government. It is unlikely that they would be seen in military operations anytime soon.
Android Users Now Have Dark Mode in G Suite Apps: Here's How to Enable It And Why It's Important
Have you wanted to have night mode on the G Suite apps? Look no further, dark mode is now coming to the G Suite apps on Android! Here's how you can enable it and why you need it.
Why Should You Update Your Google Chrome? Is Microsoft Edge Better?
Now comes the hard decision, should you switch to Google Chrome or maintain Microsoft Edge? Here are a few tips to help you decide.
This Former Military Truck Will Be Used To Make Search And Rescue Operations Easier
In Durango, search and rescue operations have been tough. But now with a former military truck, they can take advantage of it and make their rescues much easier.
Watch Zeus the Robot Dog Inspects SpaceX Rocket: Did He Sniff Any Trouble?
New Boston Dynamics robot named Zeus inspects SpaceX's rocket. Could the robot dog be the next addition to the team?
[New Feature] Android Google Chrome Adds an Automatic Dictionary : Here's How to Use it
Learn how to use Google's latest feature that gives automatic definition with a single tap.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
Ideas That Will Help to Reduce RAM Usage on a Mac
Memory is not something that you can add in a Macbook easily. That is why the computer is not the best when it comes to doing certain things, such as gaming. Sure, the newer models are coming with improvements, but there is still a lot of thought that goes into making sure all the random access memory is used optimally.
CEO Peter Beck’s Apology Has Elon Musk and Other Competitors Support After Launch Failure
After the failure of the 13th attempt to reach orbit with Electron, Rocket Labs CEO Peter Beck has given out a public apology on Twitter. This has led to competitors, which include Elon Musk, to offer their support.
How to Be a Good Team Owner in the New 'F1 2020'
With the new Formula 1 racing game developed by Codemasters about to be released to the general public, players are wondering in anticipation of what makes this F1 2020 game different from its predecessors.