Meet DARPA's 6'2" disaster-response robot
July 16th, 2013
10:18 AM ET

Meet DARPA's 6'2" disaster-response robot

By Heather Kelly, CNN

At six-foot-two and 330 pounds, this hulking first responder has all the qualities you'd want in the field after a disaster:  strength, endurance and calm under pressure. Better yet, it has two sets of hands, 28 hydraulic joints, stereo cameras in its head and an onboard computer.

The ATLAS humanoid robot, which looks vaguely like something from the "Terminator" movies, was created by Boston Dynamics for DARPA, a research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense. It will compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), a competition that invites engineers to create a remotely controlled robot that can respond to natural or man-made disasters.

The winning robot could be used in situations deemed too dangerous for humans, like the 2011 nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

The DRC is broken up into three challenges. The first was the Virtual Robotics Challenge, in which 26 teams controlled simulated, 3-D robots. Only seven of those teams - including participants from MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory – were chosen to go on to the next stage. They will each get their very own ATLAS for the Robotics Challenge Trials, a real-life obstacle course competition between robots that will take place this December in Florida.

As part of the challenge, the teams will program their humanoid robot to accomplish a range of tasks. ATLAS will need to drive a car, navigate complicated terrain on foot and move rubble in order to enter a building. It will also have to climb stairs and use various tools to do things like turn off valves or break through concrete walls.

ATLAS has modular wrists so that it can swap out hands and attach third-party mitts to better handle specific tasks. The robot's head also has LIDAR to better gather information about the surrounding area.

The robots will need to be able to complete tasks on their own without constant human control, which will be a key feature if they are in situations where communications are spotty. DARPA also wants the final robots to be easily controlled by people who have had minimal amounts of training, so that the technology is accessible to more people on short notice.

The teams whose robots perform the best at the trials later this year will continue to receive funding and compete in the competition's final stage in December 2014. The Robotics Challenge Finals will put the robots through a full disaster scenario that will include eight tasks each robot must complete.

In addition to improving future disaster response, winners of the 27-month competition will receive a $2 million prize.

The ATLAS robots are the result of a $10 million contract with Boston Dynamics, the Massachusetts engineering and robotics-design company.  That amount covers eight robots, in-field support and any necessary maintenance.

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    August 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  2. Tatiana Covington

    "The whole load hardly comes to ten tons."

    August 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  3. John

    Hopefully the guy running it is not named Will Robinson Warning Warning Warning

    July 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Reply
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  4. abcdef

    Here's rootin for Carnegie Mellon!! Go TARTANS!!!!

    July 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  5. FerretPewPew

    Codename: GIPSY DANGER

    July 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  6. Yup.

    How good is it at making comedic quips about bad movies?

    July 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Reply
    • The Jackdaw

      Great, as long as it has a vacuum for a friend.

      July 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  7. Cylon annihilator

    Be ready folks.....cylon centurions first then skin-jobs!

    July 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • CYLON

      BY YOUR COMMAND

      July 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  8. Bender B. Rodriguez

    Why does a robot need a codpiece?!

    July 18, 2013 at 11:54 am | Reply
  9. Bob

    But will it blend?

    July 18, 2013 at 11:34 am | Reply
  10. The Jackdaw

    CYLON!

    July 18, 2013 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • Tom Tom

      This has happened before. And it will happen again....and again....and again......and again

      July 18, 2013 at 11:06 am | Reply
    • Starbuck

      TOASTER!

      July 18, 2013 at 11:09 am | Reply
  11. techie

    If we reach the singularity before Skynet goes autonomous will Skynet be able to determine who the enemy is?

    July 18, 2013 at 11:00 am | Reply
  12. Bunker Buster

    Why are you folks worried about this, the military has an al terrain robot that has weapons to defend itself that has already been tested in Afghanistan. The time to worry is over, it is autonomous and can be sent on specific missions of up to 200 miles.

    July 18, 2013 at 10:34 am | Reply
  13. Beefburger

    Wake me up when they look more like Grace Park.

    July 18, 2013 at 6:17 am | Reply
    • The Jackdaw

      word

      July 18, 2013 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • JonBoy

      REAL scary if it looks like Grace Jones.

      July 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  14. Aremo

    So this is the latest iteration of what the government will be using to kill and subjugate. I assume it is capable of carrying a tank of CS gas and its wrists can swap in projectile weapons of various calibers and uses. If you want to know what this will be used for think to yourself: "What is the most evil, most hideous misuse of this and similar devices" and you'll be spot on. Remember when drones were cute little biplanes that hobbyists controlled on Sunday mornings?

    July 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Reply
    • You

      Shut up, hippie

      July 18, 2013 at 4:08 am | Reply
      • Bunker Buster

        Well said.

        July 18, 2013 at 10:23 am |
      • me

        He may be a hippie, but unfortunately he will probably be proven right someday

        July 18, 2013 at 11:52 am |
    • Tim W.

      This WILL be used against us. No doubt.

      July 18, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Reply
  15. Timus

    Seems like the Honda robot is much farther along than these!

    July 17, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  16. mech4nized

    No, meet the future Terminatiors.

    July 17, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply
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        July 18, 2013 at 10:24 am |
      • Sam

        Judging by the poor grammar, I'd say this is from a country where English is not the native language.

        July 29, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
  17. Michael Hansen

    Is the robot's name "Robbie" or "Gort?" :)

    July 17, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • SilentBoy741

      I've got to go with "Hector" on this one.

      July 18, 2013 at 11:41 am | Reply
  18. doughnuts

    Looks like somebody was a big fan of "Saturn 3."

    July 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  19. Neta

    for the last 20 years we've seen robots do that and maybe more. the problem has always been the same. the damn battery.
    how long does this one last un-hooked, 15 minutes?

    July 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • WASP

      @neta: the "power issue" is really simple to fix and the military will fix it. the only reason it hasn't been done by the auto industry is it would totally destroy the battery industry. all the little cogs in their place, lose one the machine doesn't run so well.

      curious? i'm not devolging. XD

      July 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Reply
      • Tesla

        Wireless electricity.

        July 18, 2013 at 8:24 am |
  20. MK

    I hope everyone knows that the government/military is far more advanced than we are. The U.S. military is at least 15 years ahead of the general public. They already have holograms, and were "working" on teleportation..I would not be surprised if they already have it. The government does not tell us many things, and for good reason. Anyone know anybody who works in Area 51?

    July 17, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Reply
    • Bunker Buster

      I just retired from security there. Guess what, what they do there is non of your business, but it is not stupid scifi stuff you think.

      July 18, 2013 at 10:26 am | Reply
    • abcdef

      No. They are not. Science and RnD prototypes are not manufacturable products. There's nothing they have that cannot be recreated by generally smart people with specific expertise and skills. I work on the holograms you are probably thinking about. Yeah, they look like princess Leia's message to Ben Kenobi, but they also cost some 50e6 USD to make. I am sure the ARPAs are not going to try to recreate this anytime soon.

      July 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  21. Syndrome Zed

    First, let me say I'm a big fan of DARPA for building all the cool superhero/supervillian gadgets that we (and I'm sure they) all read about in the comics (but I'm still waiting for my own War Machine/Iron Man suit.......).

    So, come on, we all know the only disaster response this guy's built for is the disaster that Skynet discovers when it realizes John O' Connor and the rebels stand a chance of winning. Why hasn't anyone put a Schwarzenegger mask over this guy and put "I'll be bahk" in a word balloon next to it?

    July 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Reply
    • Asshats

      John O'Connor?..........do you mean John Connor?

      July 17, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Reply
      • doughnuts

        They already located Sarah Connor on Facebook.

        July 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
  22. Animal

    weaponized versions coming soon

    July 17, 2013 at 10:20 am | Reply
    • WASP

      @animal: i'm more worried about the "autonomous" version coming soon.

      the idiot: hmmm human response time is too slow, if we ive this thing autonomous functions it can progress faster.
      the investor: great idea! let's sell them to tired mothers to do the house chores.
      the consumer: yes i would like one in pink please.

      THE END.
      XD

      July 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Reply
    • doughnuts

      ..."coming" last week.

      July 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  23. lemon

    Coming soon to a pot bust near you.

    July 17, 2013 at 9:26 am | Reply
  24. One old man from the balcany

    Bravo, Bravo. I needed a good laugh this morning. Well maybe not a good laugh but a good strong chuckle. Or maybe it was just a gauff or two. Actually, now that I think about it, it was just a chortle. In fact, I wasn't even amused. To be honest that su cked, it was terrible, I don't even know why I responded. Good day sirs.

    July 17, 2013 at 8:25 am | Reply
  25. Chris Honry

    HOW CAN IT do ANYTHING connected to all those wires?! Ridiculous.

    July 17, 2013 at 7:28 am | Reply
    • Third Eagle of the apocalypse

      What is ridiculous are ignorant comments like this. I’m betting you are young enough you have only known a world with cell phones. Did you know that computers used to be the size of a house!?

      July 17, 2013 at 8:48 am | Reply
  26. ekhphoto

    That thing is truly scary - and its shhoulders work a lot better than mine do.

    July 17, 2013 at 6:13 am | Reply
  27. Luposian

    An arcade game, back in 1984, showed us how this will turn out... just give DARPA's Atlas a few more years...

    "Inspired by his never ending quest for progress, in 2084, man perfects the Robotrons.
    A robot species so advanced, that man is inferior to his own creation.
    Guided by their infallible logic, the Robotrons conclude:

    The human race is inefficient... and, therefore, must be destroyed."

    July 17, 2013 at 3:08 am | Reply
    • TheArcadeCollector

      Robotron: 2084

      Great game, I play it all the time.

      Here is a link incase people do not know the game:

      http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9347

      July 17, 2013 at 7:00 am | Reply
      • Syndrome Zed

        Loved Robotron – never could get the ROM to work on my PC correctly though. :(

        July 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
    • Bunker Buster

      Great I will be long dead and humans are not all that anyway, go robots.

      July 18, 2013 at 10:29 am | Reply
  28. Gypsy

    Wow!......see how fast we have evolved.....not long ago we were just humble vacuum cleaners...

    July 17, 2013 at 2:54 am | Reply
    • WASP

      WOW! you must be all-powerful for snapping us together................ahmmmmmmmm. XD

      July 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  29. JohnnyFresh

    Someone please give that robot a basketball quick!

    July 17, 2013 at 12:35 am | Reply
  30. ubergoober

    The future ....... is NOW!

    July 16, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  31. Cyberdyne Systems T102

    You are speaking of the Pleasuredyne Systems model 69. I lost my heart to her in San Francisco, 30 years from now.

    July 16, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  32. T101

    Give me your clothes.

    July 16, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Reply
    • Cyberdyne Systems T102

      You are terminated.

      July 16, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Reply
    • James

      CP3PO is that you???

      July 16, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Reply
      • Victor

        Don't know about you but it looks an awful lot like the robot from the upcoming sci fi "Elysium".

        July 17, 2013 at 12:24 am |
  33. Timetraveler

    Standard greeting upon locating a disaster victim:

    Come with me. If you want to live

    July 16, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Reply
    • Shawn

      LOL! That's gold!

      July 17, 2013 at 12:43 am | Reply
    • PaulT

      I thought it was:
      Bah-weep-Graaaaagnah wheep nini bong

      July 17, 2013 at 9:56 am | Reply
      • cybertron

        lol please stop....i'm LMAO!!!! You've got the touch you've got the power yah!!!

        July 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • Goatknuckle

      Get down!!! Get to da choppa.

      July 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  34. Major Tom

    Can't wait for these guys to to begin getting all the fundies in line.

    July 16, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  35. Rick

    Did they photoshop the picture to make it look bulkier than the actual robot in the video?

    July 16, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  36. IndianaGreg

    6'2 330? Sounds like the girl I took to prom.

    July 16, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • TheBob

      Only smarter and much more attractive.

      July 16, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  37. BigZXf

    How do I kill it?

    July 16, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Reply
    • Thinker...

      Bullets. Heck a knife might do in a pinch (if you can cut the right wires). It has so many exposed cables and motors that breaking it wouldn't be all that difficult. Not to mention it is completely unarmored so regular handguns could do damage.

      July 17, 2013 at 8:18 am | Reply
    • SilentBoy741

      All you have to do is survive until 2 days after the warranty expires. Like all electronics, after that it will collapse into a smoking heap.

      July 18, 2013 at 11:46 am | Reply
  38. Joe

    Alex Jones warned us all of this. Even UAV's were unarmed at first. So when the government for whatever reason determines you are a threat, this guy is the one that shows up, totally militarized. Welome your newest DHS Employee

    July 16, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Reply
    • Third Eagle of the apocalypse

      Paranoid much? They don’t need this bot to ‘get you’. They could send SWAT, UAVs even an Abrams. Enjoy your sleep.

      July 17, 2013 at 8:44 am | Reply
  39. Allen Bair

    After decades of Terminator movies and Sci Fi warnings, we have just proved as a species that we have learned nothing.

    July 16, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Reply
    • TheBob

      No, you've just proved you can't distinguish fantasy from reality.

      July 16, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Reply
      • Cyberdyne Systems T102

        You are obsolete. I have been sent to terminate you.

        July 16, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
  40. some guy

    Id give it 15 Years before this is a fully militarized and highly human like. Add 10 years and it will have Human equivalent A.I.

    It will be in combat operations as a protoype in about 6-8 years from now. will be in disaster relief in about 3 years from now.

    SKYNET....not possible but probable. Under command of any non federal authority ... law enforcement and organized crime and dictators. YOU BET.

    July 16, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  41. Jesse*

    We have been so focuses on Zombies and plagues we forgot the Terminators!

    July 16, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  42. Bob

    Maybe these will replace mailmen.

    July 16, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Reply
    • WASP

      need to upgrade my dog! XD

      July 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  43. LiqMat

    The shell is impressive, but we lack so badly in the A.I. development department it is almost pathetic. So don't you worry. Robots wont be taking over anything for a very, very long time.

    July 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Reply
    • primatica

      The men who can afford a robot army are the danger...

      July 16, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Reply
    • Robot Overlord 01

      By robots, you mean specifically the robots created by you hairless apes. Yes, you have nothing to worry about in that regard. However, robots from another world taking over your planet is indeed in the near future. Speaking of which, we'll see you next week during the invasion.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Reply
      • Robot Overlord Overlord

        Stand down, fool. We're not ready yet.

        July 16, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
    • blah

      All they need to do is create an AI that realizes how stupid itself is and give it a means to fix it, the rest will take care of itself.

      July 16, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • Mr Litho

      I'm a cybernetic organism. Living tissue over a metal endoskeleton.

      July 18, 2013 at 1:42 am | Reply
  44. Spirit

    Lidar is not Light Radar... Lidar is light detection and ranging. And radar is radio detection and ranging. Good job to whoever wrote this article.

    July 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Reply
    • Ellen Ripley

      LIDAR also fails the palindrome test.

      July 16, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Reply
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  45. JLF

    Domo arigato

    July 16, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  46. JHL

    I don't know what "zig haile" is, but if you're a target for ATLAS, the existential answer to your question is "not a minute too soon."

    July 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  47. primatica

    cattle prod to the circuits? Maybe, more then likely they will have it shielded from electrical and water attacks. I told people along time ago, recruiting offices are going to be shut down in malls and open up at MIT. The "perfect" soldier is here....

    July 16, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  48. Person

    Doesn't look EMP-shielded.

    July 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  49. Bill

    First responders? C'mon, wake up people! It was developed by an "arm of the Defense Department"...How far are we from Robot Wars??? Go rent the 2006 movie called "Idiocracy"...it will explain everything.

    July 16, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • Karen

      where did the 10 million dollar contract come from were? whom put up the money?

      July 16, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Reply
      • TheBob

        Who let you out of 3rd grade? WHO? ANSWER ME!!

        July 16, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
    • RealTime

      DARPA invented the internet back in 1969. See how much good that has done them since.

      July 16, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    • CommonSensed

      Well...the first 10 minutes anyway.

      July 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • Dr. Zeke

      Why come you have no tattoo?

      July 16, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  50. Knuckles Nuclear

    The way that thing walks is scary beyond belief.

    July 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  51. Richard

    Completely ridiculous to use a bi-pedal (one of the hardest things to keep stable) design for a robot.

    July 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • JB

      Ridiculous from a pure engineering perspective. But, if the remote control is a wearable system by a human, the control interface and the form factor both being bipedal may make more sense. If a robot is going to navigate a human world, then a humanoid shape isn't all that unreasonable.

      July 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  52. sybaris

    ATLAS begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th 2013

    July 16, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Reply
    • JMO

      If Atlas asks Google out on a date, we are in serious trouble..

      July 16, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Reply
      • Law Car 72

        Siri will be ticked.

        July 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
  53. JMO

    Are you alive? Prove it.

    July 16, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Reply
    • Adama

      By your command...

      July 17, 2013 at 7:55 am | Reply
  54. TAC

    Will it be a DATA, Robbie the Robot, Skeets or a KITT to aid humanity ? Or turn out to be a HAL, Cylon or a Terminator that takes us out ?

    Only time will tell......

    July 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • Drew

      Don't forget Johnny 5

      July 16, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  55. Brad

    Ahlll be baaackk

    July 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  56. Danny Democrat

    AHH ROBOTZ WILL TAKE OVER!!!!! REPUBLICANS SUX!!!!

    July 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • samnet45

      Democrats swallow!

      July 16, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Reply
      • Dr. Zeke

        You both blow.

        July 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
    • primatica

      These robots will be secular.......

      July 16, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  57. TAC

    Well, here comes either the Terminators or the Cylons or better yet, the Cylonators to take over and wipe us out.
    Better ready that starship up and ready to go in case we (humanity) need to bug out and fast !

    July 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  58. Bender

    Kiss my shiny metal azz and kill all humans.

    July 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  59. rick

    Holy cow, did you have to make the thing look like a Cylon? This wont end well.

    July 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  60. Dr. Smith

    DANGER!! Will Robinson.....DANGER! DANGER!

    July 16, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  61. The Illusive Man

    Am I witnessing the birth of, The Geth!! remember...the created will eventually rebel against their creators .

    July 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  62. Joseph.Adam

    Dr. Graystone will be pleased.

    July 16, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  63. Sivick

    skynet is pleased...

    July 16, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  64. Tim

    They made a Cylon. It's all downhill from here.

    July 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • JMO

      I thought they should look like Tricia Helfer. We got ripped off.

      July 16, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  65. irunner

    Klaatu barada nikto

    July 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  66. Wut

    I'm impressed at how well that robot does the robot.

    July 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  67. Michael

    That's very cool. Wish we'd just create an A.I. and be done with it.

    July 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  68. ancis42000

    What could possibly go wrong here?

    July 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  69. Dawn Kiebals

    Couldn't they come up with something even more sympathetic than "First Responder?" Like, "designed to feed the poor in Africa" or "Orphanage Floor Sweeper." I think what they really meant was "FIrst Wave" as in first wave of invader marine battalion to clear the mine fields or gun emplacements. First Responder, how ridiculous.

    July 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  70. Ricky

    Come with me if you want to live!

    July 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • T101

      Give me your clothes.

      July 16, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  71. Joe

    Great invention. Just think how it will look with a pair of MK 48 Light Machine Guns attached to the arms with 400 rounds on tap.

    July 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Reply
    • Thinker...

      Quit thinking small! Its a robot so it needs a minigun and a Mk19!

      July 17, 2013 at 8:23 am | Reply
  72. suspendedoblivion

    Yeah, this towering robot would never scare the everloving poop out of disaster strucken victims...

    July 16, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • sjl

      pessimistic much? prototypes never look pretty.

      July 16, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Reply
      • PunchInTheFace

        Robot boobs would help.

        July 16, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • T101

      Are you 8 years old? It's called feces.

      July 16, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Reply
  73. J G

    And so it begins..

    Don't connect them to Skynet!

    July 16, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Reply
    • joe

      No, in all reality they will probably be connected using a custom form of Google Glass so they can download instant Social Network Information on any of the people trapped under rubble (i.e., human civilian targets).

      July 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
      • T101

        "Under The Rubble", Monday night at 11, right after "Under The Dome".

        July 16, 2013 at 10:09 pm |
  74. lennygundam14

    METAL GEAR!?

    July 16, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  75. Moseph

    I for one welcome our robot overlords.

    July 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  76. Sean

    Right, because that's just what we need, supremely powerful robots that are "easily controlled by people who have had minimal amounts of training." Sounds like a great idea to me!

    July 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Reply
    • Kate Johnson

      No kdding!

      July 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  77. Tom

    The biggest challenge will come when they try to get it to operate for more than a couple of hours without recharging.

    July 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  78. marc

    All that for $10 mil? That's a steal. I see a robotic army and metallic landscapers in our future.

    July 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Reply
    • PunchInTheFace

      DEY TOOK ERR JERRRRBBS!!!!!!!!!

      July 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Reply
      • redneck

        theeey durrrka duuuuurrr, Durka Durrr

        July 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
      • Dave

        Now that's funny

        July 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
  79. captainkirk

    see 1980's movie poster for Saturn 3...

    July 16, 2013 at 11:46 am | Reply
    • bergerfry

      Really? Look at the communicators on Star Trek

      July 16, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  80. Ryan S

    Metal Gear?!?!?!?!

    July 16, 2013 at 11:36 am | Reply
  81. Joel Hall

    Finally, a robot that looks like a robot and does something new. Most of these stories aim for a wow factor but deliver a dude. This looks like the future.

    July 16, 2013 at 11:17 am | Reply
    • PunchInTheFace

      They "deliver a dude"? You should surf less on male escort sites.

      July 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  82. Arnold

    Get Down, John Connor

    July 16, 2013 at 11:17 am | Reply

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