US Army designs giant robotic teddy bear to evacuate wounded soldiers

bear_pv2_kneel_w_soldier_f_nuncscio.jpg I'm fascinated to know the design decisions that led up to this- the Battlefied Extraction Assist Robot (BEAR).

The 6ft tall BEAR can cross bumpy ground without toppling thanks to a combination of gyroscopes and computer controlled motors to maintain balance.

It is also narrow enough to squeeze through doorways, but can lift 135kg with its hydraulic arms in a single smooth movement, to avoid causing pain to wounded soldiers.

The teddy bear appearance was apparently deliberate:

A really important thing when you're dealing with casualties is trying to maintain that human touch.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I know six-foot tall robo-bears always put me at ease.