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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.
Getting to 4.4 MPH
And the amazing bigdog...
I thought I would post this as this tech is amazing. It begins to frighten me thinking of terminator. This was an update on the old videos so it
is worth a new look.
It's a interesting robot and the bigdog is awesome because the guy actually kicks it and it keeps on going. I know they push the little robot, but
that's it, just a little push, nothing like what they do to the bigdog.
This will be a horrible technology if used as soldiers. I know it would save a lot of lives, but it would be horrible being the person on the other
end of the machine. Although maybe we could teach the robot not to rape and torture people.
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.
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