Back in the Winter, Google acquired Boston Dynamics, the robotics firm known for a number of nightmare-inducing robot models, and for working with DARPA. The New York Times reported at the time that Google said it would honor existing military contracts, but that it didn’t plan to move toward becoming a military contractor.
Now, reports have come out that the Marines are using its LS3 “AlphaDog” model to carry weapons and other equipment. They also lovingly refer to it as “Cujo”.
That’s not to be confused with Boston Dynamics’ other models BigDog:
The robot has been accompanying soldiers in a simulated battle zone in Hawaii.
The Daily Mail reports that the Marines are using Google’s robot to carry their kit and weapons.
The robot also made David Letterman’s top ten list (via BusinessInsider):
In other Google robot news, MIT has been working with Boston Dynamics to make robots more flexible and able to fit into tight spaces.
Image via YouTube