BigDog handles heavy objects by dynamic robot manipulation. The goal is to use the strength of the legs and torso to help power motions of the arm.
Boston Dynamics is developing the control and actuation of the whole-body approach techniques, used routinely by human athletes and will enhance the performance of advanced robots.
The cinderblock weighs about 35 lbs and the best throw is a bit more than 17 ft.
The research is funded by the Army Research Laboratory’s RCTA program.