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The robot, PETMAN (from Protection Ensemble Test Mannequin), is being developed by Boston Dynamics for the US Army for testing chemical protection clothing. The anthropomorphic robot will be able to balance itself while walking, crawling, doing calisthenics, and generally moving freely like a human while being exposed to chemical warfare agents.
At its current stage the robot resembles a box on legs, but in its final form it will closely resemble a person, having “the shape and size of a standard human,” according to VP of Engineering at Boston Dynamics, Robert Playter. When completed, PETMAN will be the first anthropomorphic robot to move dynamically like a real person, Playter said. The army also wanted the robot to simulate physiological responses inside the suit, such as sweating, temperature and humidity control, and even breathing, to even more realistically simulate a soldier wearing a protective suit.
7. Urban soldier
Asimo can walk, run, go upstairs and wisecrack. All he needs now is the ability to fire explosive weapons, and he'd be the ideal soldier. Although admittedly, Honda might want to give him a camouflage makeover: that white exterior would stand out in an urban warfare zone. He'd at least be in with a shout of winning the Singapore Government's TechX Challenge, which plans to award £330,000 to the best street-fighting robot scientists can come up with. Or Honda could just stick tank-treads on Asimo and make him clear mines, of course.