Little dog

Dating back to September of 2007, this certainly isn’t new news, but its new to us. This is Little dog, the miniature version of the ever so creepy Big Dog. We aren’t sure if the lack of Big dogs signature jogging in place makes this little guy seem more lifelike or less.  Little dog was designed to be a research platform into study automated navigation of natural terrain. We wouldn’t mind having one of these around the office, though we would have to add some kind of a head or face to give it some character.

[via Bot Junkie]


  1. donniedarko says:

    In the name of all that is holy, give this creature a head, and take the antennae off its pooper. Otherwise very cool in a hellish nightmare kind of way.

  2. Mike says:

    Definately ball worthy.

  3. qwert says:

    Kinda looks like a wingless cockroach with the antennas coming out it’s rear

  4. chango says:

    world’s slowest headcrab

  5. Mike Mc says:

    Yeah I was walking and crawling over things pretty much like that last Saturday night. Maybe it went to the same nightclub?

  6. dan says:


  7. tony says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks big dog is creepy.

  8. daphreak says:

    I actually got a chance to listen to a lecture given by one of the teams in the little dog competitions. They “race” across the different terrains by pre-computing paths through them, optimizing them for the robots available movements, and then use some interesting control algorithms to get actual movement close to the planned path. They don’t know the terrain until the competition, so compute time is part of the race. I think the most interesting aspect of the competition is that it is not done with team hardware, the algorithms are sent off and used in a controlled setting for testing without the teams even being present!
    If you are interested in controls I would highly recommend you look into this a little further.

  9. chris says:

    I don’t know if this is true for city people but for me it’s the feet that are creepy, makes it look like a skun anamal still walking around. very cool thou.

  10. cclaan says:

    Yea both of these robots are awesome/creepy… I agree that big dog is a bit more creepy and lifelike. the movements on this one are a lot more rigid than big dog.

    are they using big/little dog anywhere? i’ve been seeing them for a while now but haven’t heard of any applications… are they out conducting secret missions that we don’t know about?

  11. RomComZom says:

    It’s got a worm hanging out of its butt

  12. zypher says:

    whats with the obnoxious crashing noise every few seconds, turn down the mic.

  13. finfan7 says:

    This would be cool to skin as a houndeye from halflife.

  14. TMH says:

    If it’s a “dog” why does it look like a cockroach?

  15. blang says:

    they need something in the video to show the scale of the bot….

  16. dan says:

    it’s about the size of a small dog…

  17. ben says:

    Move the antennae off it’s butt to the front and call it what it really is; a really big robot cockroach.

  18. Gilberto says:

    it looks like ALIEN from Alien vs Predator

    Very nice job.

  19. just/me says:

    Haha! He even has an grip for throwing him away!

  20. khani3s says:

    More I see robots with legs… more i like wheels.

  21. TheFish says:

    creepy but cute, also, make it walk like a real dog and put a head and some skin on it, but right now it reminds me of my dog + a June bug.

  22. mic says:

    In the video of the big dog on you tube, I love how it reacted to being kicked by the guy. it reacted just like a quadrupedal animal, except slower. Fluent lifelike motion. Yea it looks creepy too, decapitated dog thing. On a side note the Japanese have a trippy snake robot that can swim and go across just about anything.

  23. mb says:

    My guess would be the “jogging in place” of the big version is to compensate for the inertia of its combustion engine.

  24. IManOM55 says:

    this does look very much like something from half-life… perhaps we could create a real life half-life – like a theme park or something. have big dogs and little dogs coming after you as you battle your way through the fairground with nothing but a crowbar

  25. Hirudwsainea says:

    This technology is neat, would be a great way to replace wheelchairs, I’m getting sick of ramps all over the place.

  26. sunjester says:

    how is this a robot dog and not just a robot?

  27. sunjester says:


    wouldnt ramps be easier than steps?

    im getting tired of steps everywhere.

  28. EngDrewman says:

    Now- mount a blaster cannon on it and you have an AT-AT walker!

  29. Scottman says:

    Oh DARPA how we love your cash flow.

  30. cyanide says:

    i want one

  31. Pouncer says:

    the articulation of the joints is beautifully smooth. reminds me more of a bug than a dog tho. Unless you consider it’s about as coordinated as a newborn puppy on freshly waxed ceramic tile.

  32. darush says:

    wow it was really good
    tnx from ur blog because it was to much good
    be happy
    have a good time


  33. agent58 says:


  34. Jeff says:

    I think adding a head would make it 75% less creepy.

  35. Wwhat says:

    No, please don’t add a head, it’s not suppose to be a artificial pet anyway, it’s to be a packmule for the army, and a robot for exploring other planets and various moons probably, but not a pet or a disneypark thing.

  36. echodelta says:

    those antennae are cerci, roaches know. humans call all kinds of stuff-dogs, even lathe parts.

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