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Forget robotic dogs! Scientists develop a robotic RAT that could help in search and rescue missions

Daily Mail - Science & tech

From fish to dogs, many robotic versions of animals have been developed in recent years. Now, scientists from the Beijing Institute of Technology have unveiled the latest robotic animal – a robo rat. The four-legged bot, called SQuRo (small-size quadruped robotic rat), can crouch, stand, walk, crawl, and turn just like a real rat, and can even carry a load equal to 91 per cent of its own weight. The team hopes SQuRo could be useful for squeezing through narrow gaps during search and rescue missions. An enormous robotic yak, strong enough to carry up to 352 pounds, and able to sprint along at up to 6mph, has been developed by Chinese scientists. The robot can deal with all sorts of road and weather conditions, according to the Chinese state run People's Daily, which shared a video of the yak on a road.

China develops world's largest quadruped bionic robot with off-road capabilities


China has developed the world's largest electrically-powered quadruped bionic robot to assist the military on logistics and reconnaissance missions. This comes as the latest in China's push to become a global leader in robotics by 2025 and also, of course, in military tech. Walking on four legs and boasting a yak-like appearance, the robot is not only huge but powerful, smart, and surprisingly agile. It can move forward and backward and can perform a series of unexpected movements, such as jumping, running, turning, or walking diagonally. This mechanical beast is strong enough to carry up to 350 pounds (160 kg) and can sprint at 6 mph (10 km/h). The robot is more than half the height of an adult when walking, and its length is about twice its height.

Killer bot? Terrifying robot dog fitted with a 6.5mm sniper RIFLE unveiled at the US Army trade show

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A robot dog design armed with a 6.5 mm Creedmoor sniper rifle capable of precisely hitting targets from 3,940 feet away has been unveiled at the US Army trade show. The'Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle' (SPUR) is the brainchild of Philadelphia-based Ghost Robotics and arms manufacturer SWORD International of Sparks, Nevada. Placed on top of one of Ghost Robotics' existing'quadrupedal unmanned ground vehicle' designs, SPUR can be remotely instructed to load, unload and fire its rifle. The firms have yet to reveal the exact configuration of the weapon, nor how much ammunition the machine is capable of carrying or its reload rate. However, tests have shown that the 6.5mm rounds used in the Creedmoor rifle offer an increase in range over the 7.62x51mm cartridges currently used by US forces. It is also presently unclear how much each robot unit and SPUR attachment will cost to purchase and maintain.

Robot dog armed with sniper rifle unveiled at US Army trade show

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on A robot dog armed with a sniper rifle was unveiled this week in Washington, D.C. at the annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army. The robot, developed by Ghost Robotics, carries a SWORD Defense Systems Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle (SPUR). Check out the latest partner payloads @AUSAorg Wash DC.

China Builds Giant Walking Military Robot


China claims to have built the "world's largest quadruped bionic robot," a gigantic "mechanical yak" that can carry over 350 pounds at a shambling 6.2 mph, according to a report by the state-run Global Times. The goal is to carry gear for soldiers stationed in remote areas. A clip shared by the People's Daily, also associated with the Chinese government, shows a behemoth-sized quadruped going for a stroll along an empty road. It can also be seen tackling dusty inclines in the desert, an impressive mechanical feat that could one day be of huge benefit in areas inaccessible to conventional vehicles, and even weaponized. China's first domestically built "yak" robot with a load capacity of 160 kg made its debut recently.