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Humanoid 'Petman' robot gets an upgrade


Posted on Monday, 8 April, 2013 | Comment icon 18 comments


Image credit: Boston Dynamics

 
The uncannily human-like Petman robot from Boston Dynamics has now been given a head and clothes.

Well known for their impressive four-legged BigDog robot, the DARPA funded engineering and robotics company have also been developing a bipedal robot that looks and walks a lot like a human being. In its most recent update, Petman has received a human-like head and is now able to wear clothes. Unlike BigDog which is designed to be useful on the battlefield, Petman is aimed at working in laboratories by testing out protective clothing.

To assist in this duty, Petman has been equipped with the ability to not only walk like a human but to even produce sweat and heat to better simulate a human wearing the suit. Special on-board sensors also allow it to monitor the temperature and look out for hazardous chemicals during testing.

"The creators of the eerily beast-like BigDog robot have shown off a new creation on video."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by Darkwind on 8 April, 2013, 19:33
Hail and welcome to the age of Blade Runner.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 8 April, 2013, 20:03
that is pretty awesome and cool:) but i don't know whether i could personally trust a machine or robots for many reasons made by somebody else for various reasons and etc.but if i made it then yeah i know i could trust it cause i made it and know what its in there in the machine and robots and technology in general
Comment icon #11 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 8 April, 2013, 20:06
but that is funny how humans try to make them more human like machines and robots.its still a machine in the end
Comment icon #12 Posted by seeder on 8 April, 2013, 23:09
I think its well behind the japanese ones...in that vid it has cable attached for support, and its so jerky... ASIMO on the other hand, is my fave robot... cool as they come, no wires, no strings, no jerkiness, and the REAL DEAL..they dont put this guy on a treadmill...this one goes out in the real world! Up stairs, downstairs, in circles...AMAZING! (and Japanese) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUiZ8rZ8wzI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zul8ACjZI18
Comment icon #13 Posted by ashven on 9 April, 2013, 8:44
I assume they try to make them human like so it can perform perfectly one day as a human thus removing the need for mind control of people which although is at a high standard isn't fool proof so the "rich elite" can finally eradicate their main problem,the poor
Comment icon #14 Posted by DKO on 9 April, 2013, 12:07
Once these guys are fully up and running, I would like to see a battle between the two haha.
Comment icon #15 Posted by seeder on 9 April, 2013, 12:59
Yeh but also remember, robots have been used for YEARS in industry, ok they are not cute and they just do stuff like assemble/weld cars, but the humanoid shape is best for the human environment. Now, imagine a fleet of Asimo's as above, and a nuclear disaster like Fukishima? Too damn dangerous to send in humans, (even tho in Fukushima they had no choice but to)... wouldn't it be great to send in a fleet of robots to sort the mess out? Or into a smokey environment like fires and such? Defusing bombs even? Space missions? In fact on the future Japanese Moon mission, they actually w... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by StarMountainKid on 9 April, 2013, 22:11
Well, let me tell you about robots. Four hundred years ago, robots were given greater intelligence than any biological species so they could take care of all the complicated stuff, and the bios could sit back and relax. Of course the robots soon got tired of serving the lazy bios, so they rebelled, attempting to take over the inhabited galaxy and cleanse the planets of all that bio-scum. The war lasted three hundred years. The only reason the bios finally were victorious was because in desperation they gave up using tactics and strategy (the robots were far better at this) and began attackin... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by wolfknight on 10 April, 2013, 14:17
Cool
Comment icon #18 Posted by Silver Surfer on 13 April, 2013, 20:45
ill be impressed when he does the moonwalk


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