Robotic animals, now with heads like hands
BigDog is a rough-terrain robot, about the size of big dog or small mule. It's designed to walk, run, climb and carry heavy loads. It was designed by BostonDynamics, since acquired by Google's Robotics Division, funded by the DoD. Recently, the company posted a video of BigDog with something like a long neck that ends in a powerful robotic "hand," shown here lifting a 35-pound cinderblock just before it tosses it nearly 17 feet.