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OK, technically it’s not his robot. He reminded me there’s a big team behind it that he was a part of. Still, I couldn’t resist the rhyme in the title of this post (and heck, it is Family Friday)!

MAKEZINE_5FamilyFri_Badge My stepson wrote in to tell me that Boston Dynamics’ latest upgrade to Big Dog is public and out in a new video. He designed and implemented the controller that enables this new feature: using the strength of Big Dog’s legs and torso to make the arm stronger. The video shows Big Dog throwing cinder blocks. While this could make for a fun game of catch, I think this would be pretty useful if you needed to move some supplies to the top of a hill or building quickly.

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Brian Jepson

I’m a tinkerer and finally reached the point where I fix more things than I break. When I’m not tinkering, I’m probably editing a book for Maker Media.


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  1. Laura Cochrane says:

    Jepson’s stepson!

  2. Ron says:

    Jesus, I think I <3 Laura!!!

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