November 1, 2011
Boston Dynamics Releases Video Of PETMAN Robot
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Boston Dynamics has released a video of its PETMAN robot walking on a treadmill, doing squats, and performing push-ups.
The company says PETMAN is just "an anthropomorphic robot for testing chemical protection clothing used by the U.S. Army."
The robot is supposed to go through various maneuvers wearing a suit and taking heavy doses of chemical warfare agents.
The bot stands about 6 feet tall and can mimic human physiology by generating heat and sweat.
"Unlike previous suit testers, which had to be supported mechanically and had a limited repertoire of motion, PETMAN will balance itself and move freely; walking, crawling and doing a variety of suit-stressing calisthenics during exposure to chemical warfare agents, " Boston Dynamics said on its website.
PETMAN is designed to improve machines that test chemical weapons.
"The robot will have the shape and size of a standard human, making it the first anthropomorphic robot that moves dynamically like a real person," the company said.
Boston Dynamics is also known for making the BigDog and AlphaDog quadruped bots.
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