“Hello, dear comrades-in-arms; the new wave of science and technology will completely change humanity’s existence and life and the Communist Party’s fakery, deception, hacking, and thievery will be completely eliminated. [Boston Dynamics Mobile Eccentric Droid. I’m poking my throat to quietly see what everyone else is doing.]”
On May 7, Mr. Guo Wengui posted a short video of a four-wheeled robot on GETTR with the above caption. The robot in this video, named MobED (Mobile Eccentric Droid), is a state-of-the-art robot funded and developed by Hyundai Corporation of South Korea. The main body of the MobED is a flat, rectangular platform on which various tools can be placed, and is fitted with four 12-inch pneumatic tires, each equipped with three motors for independent control.
Using a motor and a complex suspension system, the MobED robot can adjust the angle and travel path of the platform with extraordinary precision and stability, maintaining excellent balance even when driving on uneven surfaces or ramps. Steven Spielberg has used this robot as a camera head for long tracking shots. At present, the robot can carry objects through autonomous or remote operation, but its final design will be able to “carry” people, so it has very broad prospects.
The MobED robot was developed by Boston Dynamics, one of the top engineering and robot design companies in the United States. The company’s well-known products also include the biped robot Atlas and the robot dog Spot. The videos of these two robots have gone viral on the internet.
Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert, a professor of computer science and electrical engineering at MIT, founded the company in 1992 and served as president. On December 13, 2013, Boston Dynamics was acquired by Google, and on June 9, 2017, Google sold Boston Dynamics to Softbank of Japan for undisclosed terms and costs. On December 12, 2020, South Korea’s Hyundai Group announced the acquisition of Boston Dynamics from SoftBank for $1.1 billion. But after the purchase, SoftBank will continue to hold a 20% stake in Boston Dynamics through subsidiaries. Until June 2021, Hyundai announced that it had officially acquired a controlling stake in Boston Dynamics from SoftBank.
Boston Dynamics has changed its owners three times in seven years, and all three shareholders have played a big role in the development of Boston Dynamics:
- Google provided resources for research and exploration.
- SoftBank drove productization.
- Hyundai Motor delivered product expansion, requiring engineering and manufacturing skills.
Boston Dynamics also has extensive cooperation with the U.S. military, including the Boston Robot Dog funded and developed by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and DI-Guy, an off-the-shelf software for realistic human simulation (COTS).
Boston Dynamics, along with American Systems, was also awared a contract from the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Training Division (NAWCTSD) to replace Navy aircraft ejection missions with interactive 3D computer simulations of DI-Guy characters.
With the rapid development of technologies such as sensors, visual recognition, materials science, mechanics, etc., the practicality and commerciality of robots have also made significant progress. There is no doubt that robots will be the sweet and pastry of the future manufacturing industry and Hyundai Korea is at the forefront of the robotics industry.
While our immediate neighbors are advancing on the journey of human technological progress, hundreds of millions of Chinese people are pinned in place, unable to carry out even normal production and life. This has to be a cause for deep reflection!
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