War is changing and AlphaDog is ensuring the changing reality. Soldiers routinely carry more equipment, over more challenging terrain and for longer distances -- in the future, the quadruped robot will be deployed and walk side-by-side infantrymen across the cold mountains of Korengal and Wakhan in Afghanistan.
Far from similar to a canine, the misnomered AlphaDog is designed in the image of modern horses, capable of autonomously standing up, resisting explosive force and carrying 400 pounds of payload across 20-mile-long distances. Wow! Unsurprisingly, DARPA and the Marine Forces represent the cash behind the project, although Boston Dynamics is directly responsible for AlphaDog's development. What keen observers will notice is that the new automaton is almost completely silent, particularly when compared to the predecessor versions. A new electric motor is responsible for the lack of sound, allowing the horse-like android to walk incredible distances and remain quiet.