It’s Got Legs, It Knows How to Use Them

If I had ten of these, I would make a giant walking hut like Baba Yaga, and you would tremble in fear.

If I had ten of these, I would make a giant walking hut like Baba Yaga, and you would tremble in fear.

Interesting stuff about new walking robots being designed for use with the military over at Wired:

“Petman will balance itself and move freely; walking, crawling and doing a variety of suit-stressing calisthenics during exposure to chemical warfare agents,” the company promises. “Petman will also simulate human physiology within the protective suit by controlling temperature, humidity and sweating when necessary, all to provide realistic test conditions. ”

One of the American military’s leading humanoid robots is Petman. Its job will be to testing chemical protection clothing for the U.S. Army. Petman is being built by Boston Dynamics, famous for its alarmingly lifelike BigDog robotic pack mule. Unlike earlier suit-testing robots, which needed external support, Petman will stand — and walk — on his own two feet.

Interesting stuff!

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