Nothing like a string of creepy quadruped robots pulling a sleigh to get you into the holiday spirit.
Boston Dynamics has released a Christmas video featuring a their BigDog robots pulling a sleigh, with a young woman dressed in Santa attire wishing you the best of the season - and she’s not flailing or screaming at all, so the robots can’t be that dangerous, right?
You may have seen these strange robotic creatures online before - they weigh 240 pounds and clock in at four miles per hour, they make a noise like an angry goat or maybe a swarm of hornets, they keep their balance when kicked (the human will pay for that) and they look horrifyingly drunk while slipping on ice.
The project is sponsored by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), who want the robotic pack mule to assist soldiers in terrain too tough for vehicles. Ground-based soldiers often need to carry 40 kilograms of equipment.