To Marilyn Martin:
RE: Big Dog, etc.
Thanks for the link. I had seen something similar - or maybe it was the same thing - maybe six or eight months ago. One thing that stuck in my mind was that the legs look and act like two people, both wearing black bodysuits, facing each other - which is an apt description for Big Dog. I'm really impressed with the progress that has been made in quadruped walking - and running and jumping! However, for it to be useful in a war zone, they will have to quiet down the Big Dog a lot!
Concerning the exo-skeleton, it serves (or will serve) a different purpose than that of the Big Dog. The Big Dog's primary purpose will be to carry loads, whereas the exo-skeleton's eventual purpose will NOT be to merely carry loads, but to increase the individual soldier's firepower, communications, and situational awareness. [See the powered armor in Robert Heinlein's novel (forget the movie!) Starship Troopers.]
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