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It's been a while since I've written in this journal, but I think I've found a topic that should appeal to fans of FMA's automail, Leviathan's dieselpunk, and the Last Airbender series' upcoming steampunk influences (aka, most of my watchers):


Not hypothetical, future-tense robotics, but actual creations being cooked up by an actual robotics firm, as we speak.  Specifically, Boston Dynamics, an offshoot of MIT, which has been developing walking robots for years now.  I first heard about BD when they released videos of their BigDog four-legged prototype walker, and I was pretty excited when they came out with some footage of a two-legged walker, PETMAN, as well.

BigDog: HERE
PETMAN Prototype: HERE

The BigDog especially amazed me with the way it stays upright on rough terrain.  Look at the way it staggers and flounders on its knees on that ice, then gets up again - for all the world like a living thing.  The PETMAN was pretty impressive, too...but, let's face it, it still looked like a minifridge on chicken legs, and even the BigDog made me wonder what would happen if it actually did fall over.  How would you get something that large and heavy upright again?

Well, in the last month, BD has come out with an updated version of each of these robots.  The newest PETMAN jogs, kneels, twists, and does pushups...and the AlphaDog demonstrates exactly what would happen if it actually fell over.  (It's a little eerie.  Still, personally, I can't wait until they fit it out with two passenger seats/harnesses, a steering apparatus, and a rollcage.  I want one!)

AlphaDog: HERE
PETMAN Newest Version: HERE

So, all you fans of robotics in fiction, what do you think of these real-life machines?  Do you feel excited, now that machines on legs could be wandering around your neighborhoods in the next ten years?  Worried?  Happy?  Scared?  Let me know in the comments!  :XD:
  • Mood: Awestruck
  • Listening to: Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science


"flying rock"
Current Residence: Hokkaido, Japan
Personal Quote: Ship, let ship, and be merry, for tomorrow we may get a Book Four and God help us all if we do.

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Hi Tobulshi,

          I love your artwork and its awesome with a capital A! Its great people like yourself that I'm so grateful and blessed in being a member of DEV ART so that I can see greatness everyday. I have a few of your fine work in my faves. Keep up the great work and God bless!
strawberrymilkchan Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav! :33
Doghcat Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you ever going to continue the Kill Zuko comic? It's amazing and I want to read more.
umm hi! merr so i rp as jet on tumblr and like when someone rps there they use icons. and i was wondering if it would be ok to use the jetara kiss you drew, the one titles "Close your eyes..." for an icon?
Oh, wow, this'll teach me to wander away from dA for like a month. I'm so sorry for the delayed reply! Of course you can use it - I'm flattered! Just please credit me somewhere your fans can see it, okay? ♥
oh its fine hahaha

yay! :) of course I'll credit! just wanted your permission to use before i do. Thank you!:)
NDS-8 Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Hey there!
I like your gallery so I am leaving a comment! ^_^
Keep up the good work!!
AIEEETHEYGOTFRANK Feb 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Hey, a friend of mine noticed you recommended my Duck Hat Volger to Scott for FAF! THANK YOU! :D I hope he sees your recommendation. Thanks again, you've got me excited now! :la:
Lissa-Molloy Feb 25, 2012  Student General Artist
That WAS on FAF, by the way. I'm pretty sure you saw it, though, because the name "AIEEETHEYGOTFRANK" was explained. By you, I assume.
AIEEETHEYGOTFRANK Feb 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Yup, I saw! I was very happy. :3 And yes, explained by me. :P
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