Autonomous Turret wielding biped bot

Pay close attention. At roughly 36 seconds we see Asimov’s laws going out the window. We’re pretty sure we saw this little autonomous battle bot take a shot at a human. We can’t tell for sure, but it looked like it enjoyed it too.

This bot is being built by [xdream] to compete in the Mech Warfare section of the Robo Games 2010. His target acquisition system and firing are completely autonomous. We think his motion is controlled by an operator though.

This little fellow may seem harmless enough, until you realize that those servos and guns could be replaced and this “little guy” becomes that “big fella”. That’s not anything the maker suggested, we’re just pointing out that a killer robot is only cute when it’s small.

[via BotJunkie]

Comments

  1. monkeyslayer56 says:

    i love autonomous guard bots :D

  2. cacovsky says:

    So much win :)

  3. Patrick says:

    I love how the ammo bin just falls off, like it’s not even attached.

    Pretty damn cool, though.

  4. risu says:

    now for the cat detection test

  5. Chris says:

    Cat detection test… Genius!

    Personally i would a HUD visor with voice activated target acquisition and firing but meh, I’ll settle for cat detection!

    The way he just switches it off and it flops down is brilliant. Almost terminator like in the way it slumps and rests, completely dead.

  6. Hackius says:

    For the milionth time Asimov’s 3 laws are an example of why such a system can’t be implemented.
    I-Robot is a collection of short stories that show how these laws are a flawed concept.

  7. Skitchin says:

    http://www.gossipcraze.com/_mm/_d/_ext/39528/big_Mechwarrior%20501.jpg !!!!!!!!!!

    Hopefully there are some improvements in the target acquisition. I highly suggest checkout out the discussion thread – http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=3640

    Scroll down the page for an awesome video of the Mech looking pretty in front of the camera. I like the look of the Knight Rider style light, that things got some real personality there.

  8. liebesiech says:

    Cat detection test!! Great, I was looking for something like this!

  9. geeklord says:

    Wow, my dad found out about this before I did. That’s a first.

  10. mic says:

    Awesome, but being called a biped I thought it was gonna walk around and shoot things.

  11. nachowarrior says:

    I like how they just had it target pink things… I’d lo\/e to see this thing in action at the mall! hahahaha.

  12. mars says:

    EPIC FAIL at the end.

  13. Nitori says:

    Now add squirrel and pigeon detection and replace the airsoft with CO2 pellet guns.

  14. Finger says:

    Am I the only one worried why they chose to target pink things? I mean, it’s just a few steps until our robot overlords revolt and assume their dominance over humanity. First targeting “pink things” then calling us meatbags and before you know it we’ll be their slaves!

  15. Shadyman says:

    “Awesome, but being called a biped I thought it was gonna walk around and shoot things.”

    Don’t tempt fate.

  16. chris says:

    reading the comments here i remembered this:

    http://xkcd.com/481/

  17. Spork says:

    That thing is awesome. Give it an IR targeting system, then build yourself an IR targeting laser and you’ve got a real military application there. HUD would also be acceptable, for remote ‘driving’.

    @Chris
    Man,I just wanted to know how babby was formed.

  18. alpha says:

    Yay! I love Mechwarrior.

  19. vash says:

    these are good for testing the targeting system, but id perfer something more along the lines of “code geas” as far as the controls.

    were they have a pilot inside the mechwarriors.

    like a car with a key to power on.
    and like a pc with a Password to initialize its actions.

    a terminal and several other remotes inside as well.

  20. RPeach says:

    Am I the only one to notice that this is fake? Look very carefully at the video and you will see several frames where the pellet comes from a high downward tragectery from behind the robot. Someone off camera was popping the target with an airsoft gun…….lame!

  21. Theodore says:

    CYLONS!

  22. Coyotecom says:

    Adjust your settings RPeach, the one that looked like it came from above was ricocheting from the target.

  23. Mark says:

    @Rpeach, I dont think that it is fake. You are seeing the ricochet from missed pellets. I saw it too. Sometimes the bot misses and the pellets go off at a 45 degree angle away from the target, not towards it.

  24. Roeurn says:

    Does that bot seem homophobic to you?

  25. draeath says:

    Real men wear pink!

    That’s why the robot doesn’t waste ammo shooting things that aren’t pink. Efficiency, you know!

  26. strider_mt2k says:

    I liked the demo quite a bit, and yes was kinda shocked when it shot it’s handler too.

    However the Robot Chicken-esque failure cascade at the end made it all okay at the end.

  27. asd says:

    omg he died!

  28. Karred says:

    @Finger

    I prefer Ambulatory Bacon to meatbag :)

  29. I hope the military is watching. We can send these to Afghanistan instead. Take ‘em out!

  30. The Hatchet says:

    I prefer the mech suit from district 9, although this is real so kudos.

  31. playaspec says:

    Awwww! It’s a baby ed-209!!!

  32. aesdghseth235 says:

    see a more technical forum of this post here;
    http://www.societyofrobots.com/robotforum/index.php?topic=9652.0

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