Of PETMAN – their frankly terrifying robo-humanoid, developed with funding from the US Defense Department’s Chemical and Biological Defense program, Boston Dynamics sez:
It is used to test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments. The video shows initial testing in a chemical protection suit and gas mask. PETMAN has sensors embedded in its skin that detect any chemicals leaking through the suit. The skin also maintains a micro-climate inside the clothing by sweating and regulating temperature.
Killing all humans: it’s a sweaty business.
Robotics manufacturer Boston Dynamics sez:
BigDog handles heavy objects. The goal is to use the strength of the legs and torso to help power motions of the arm. This sort of dynamic, whole-body approach to manipulation is used routinely by human athletes and will enhance the performance of advanced robots. Boston Dynamics is developing the control and actuation techniques needed for dynamic manipulation. The cinderblock weighs about 35 lbs and the best throw is a bit more than 17 ft. The research is funded by the Army Research Laboratory’s RCTA program.
Previously: Cheetahbot Catches Up
(Hat tip: Andrew Sheridan)