Creepy Robot of the Day

DARPA's Legged Squad Support System (LS3) robot following the leader -- or what I would call "stalking."

No matter how fast you run, it'll always catch you. Like in your nightmares.

(via Ashby)

  • Bubble Genius

    It’s like the horse in What’s Opera, Doc?

  • danah gaz

    He looks exactly like the player character in manhunt 2.

  • Bob Rutledge

    I think that’s just cool as hell.

  • JWheels

    I wonder if it can be programmed to sniff out truffles…

  • Myhero

    looks like they still have a long way to go though.. if it was persueing a smart would have difficulty with steep terrain, and wouldnt be able to go thru narrow openings..still.. scary concept..

    • D_C_Wilson

      It’s not designed for pursuit. It’s a support vehicle to carry equipment for the troops.

  • Robert

    Seems like it might be simpler just to buy some mules.

    • bphoon

      You gotta feed them, rest them. And, not the least, get them to go places they may not want to go.

  • zirgar

    I like how at the 3:07 mark LS3 becomes Rafalca. “LS3 dressage now.”

  • Scopedog

    “It can’t be bargained with, it can’t be reasoned with–” Whoops! Wrong line!

    This fits: “The Mechanical Hound slept but did not sleep, lived but did not live…”

    (The first line is from THE TERMINATOR, the second is from FAHRENHEIT 451. Looks like Bradbury might be right….)

    • Draxiar

      Ah…Fahrenheit 451…one of my very favs.


  • Draxiar

    It’s a weird thing…it walks, has no head, or any real life…yet…it moves…
    and it moves with a certain amount of intelligence…it falls…rolls…and still gets up…and it absolutely will not stop…until you are dead…because robots are strong…

    • villemar

      Have I got a policy for you!

  • gescove

    “Like in your nightmares.” No. In my nightmares I’m usually at least partially paralyzed for some reason, unable to move my limbs normally. I’d be desperately trying to get away, but the electro-mechanical whirr of that thing draws relentlessly closer. Yikes.

  • bphoon

    Man, that is fucking weird. I do like how it was able to right itself and continue on after falling down. Seems to make a bit more noise, though, than I might like for close contact operations.

    Towards the end, the visual I had was of the guy trying to put it away in its…garage?…closet?…and hearing it say, “I’m sorry, Dave. I can’t do that.”

  • Justin Rosario

    In robot future, you do not turn on robots, robots turn on YOU!

    • Scopedog

      Then we had better install those Three Laws–and fast!

  • Justin Rosario

    In the future, that won’t be the rustle of leaves you hear but the crunching of human bones!

  • r_dale


  • Ipecac

    I gotta think that such a thing would be tremendously useful to soldiers on active duty. An autonomous, all-terrain, carry-all. That looks like it could carry a ton of gear. I wonder how quiet it is?

  • nicole

    shudders…….I hate these damn things!!

    You have to wonder how they would be used against populations, although I’m not too sure I would really want to know.