Robo-mule has arrived on YouTube, and he is a hit.
This week, robotics company Boston Dynamics dazzled us with the latest member of its robot menagerie: a robot that looks and acts like a mule, with hoof-like feet, a trotting gait and special sensors that enables it to follow a human over difficult terrain.
Oh, and it can carry up to 400 pounds of stuff for 20 miles without refueling.
Boston Dynamics calls the robot the Legged Squad Support System, or LS3. Its development is being funded by DARPA and the U.S. Marine Corps.
Like many of the other videos that Boston Dynamics loads to its YouTube channel, the video of robo-mule quickly started trending, getting nearly half a million views in just four days.