Boston Dynamics Shows Off Anthropomorphic Robot That Doesn't Suck

Boston Dynamics Shows Off Anthropomorphic Robot That Doesn't Suck

We may have seen robots that walk upright on two legs before, but most of them are kind of awful. The PETMAN, coming from Boston Dynamics, is anything but.

The PETMAN is an anthropomorphic robot designed for a bit of a boring purpose: testing chemical protection clothing. I know, this is extremely important and could save lives, but any robot not intended to launch missiles is a waste of a robot in my opinion. PETMAN at least should be the best damn chemical suit tester in town, intended to eventually be able to crawl and do suit stressing calisthenics while also simulating human physiology by sweating and regulating its own temperature.

The PETMAN's 30 month development program should see a final model delivered in 2011, with the 17 month build phase already underway as we can see from the video. I don't know why but the big lens in the front of it makes me think it should be used for Google Street View, drawing the ire of society and causing a huge uproar over robots invading our privacy. I just can't imagine a bipedal robot like this only being used to test chemical suits; eventually it will have to be used for something else as well (like launching missiles). If you've never seen PETMAN's cousin, the BigDog, here is an older overview video for that disturbingly lifelike robot as well.

Boston Dynamics undoubtedly makes the coolest robots I've ever seen, and they have the secondary trait of looking similar to Metal Gear Solid 4's Gekko. Seriously, does anyone not expect the PETMAN and the BigDog to turn on their human masters someday? They'd be invincible; they can't even be pushed over! This example of the BigDog walking with soldiers brings things into a more realistic perspective, showing the support robots like this could offer the troops.

(Via: Engadget)

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Wow thats really really nice...

...also my mother who happened to look over my shoulder and being a nurse, said he exactly walks
like most stroke-patients...:)

SirBryghtside:
That's pretty awesome - but I should have guessed that the first decent robot would be a chav *points to trainers*

actually, he didnt put them on, the tester guys did, since he doesnt have hands he cant take them off.

this will be the reason he kills his first human, because of shoes.............

Is anyone else having starwars flash backs? =D

I find it a little.... uncomforting that it doesn't move like 'something' instead it moves like 'someone'.

Oh god don't push the robot you'll only make him mad and he'll kill us all!

As I understand it a good deal of the Tech in the Metal Gear Games is as well researched as the tech in a Tom Clancy Novel.

Damn, that's creepy...

I'm just waiting for the headline: Boston Dynamics has been reverse engineering secret alien technology...

Until I see one of these that can operate for days on the same power supply, I don't think the tech will go anywhere serious. We need our energy generation tech to catch up to our engineering tech for the next big leap.

Go to their youtube channel and check out their video for BigDog Reflexes....

this group has made a four legged robot that can handle with ease slippery slopes, being kicked or roughly shoved, can easily transverse mud and sand... it is simply astonishing.

Theres something creepy about it.

It's movements are Silent Hill-esque.
It is scaring me.
Get it away!

Now they need to figure out how to get the weight distribution correct so they can mount chainguns and RPGs on it.

Fun for the whole family!

r0qu3:
Wow thats really really nice...

...also my mother who happened to look over my shoulder and being a nurse, said he exactly walks
like most stroke-patients...:)

That made me giggle.

Did you hear how loud the big dog was? I dont think that will be going onto the field ANY time soon!

I like it though. The walking robot reminded me of a walker from Starwars! Now that I could see on a Battlefield!!

cobrausn:
Until I see one of these that can operate for days on the same power supply, I don't think the tech will go anywhere serious. We need our energy generation tech to catch up to our engineering tech for the next big leap.

That's a good point. I know there are mini-nuclear batteries that have been demonstrated recently, but I guess they are only meant to power small devices.

StarStruckStrumpets:
It's movements are Silent Hill-esque.
It is scaring me.
Get it away!

This plus that guy shouldn't push that robot... it's going to remember who pushed it when Skynet comes online.

Wow, that was awesome, especially when he pushed it and it didn't fall over. There are many humans that aren't as stable as that.

BigDog looks and sounds kind of like Combine Hunter. If only it could shoot desintegrator flechettes.

Wow, that's amazing.

This is awesome

Yeah, it's a little uncanny valley for me just at the moment O_o But when they push the 'bot, he looks like he's dancing.

On closer inspection of the video, the mechanics look amazing. If they could just fix the way the robot moves its legs (it seems to kick them out a little bit) this could have such potential! I'm not sure for what just yet, but it could!

I gotta be honest, that video of BigDog walking on ice never gets old.

matrix3509:
I gotta be honest, that video of BigDog walking on ice never gets old.

It's like a big clumsy AT-AT.

... I'm gonna go before I say anything any nerdier.

A 4-stroke lawn mower engine with legs.

Nice!

Hehe.

It's the prototype for the AT-ST!

Well after being amazed more by the Big Dog robot thingy there is one conclusion I have come to.

In the words of Three Dog, We are totally screwed.

Come on! Where are the shoulder mounted machine guns!

It's the step in the right direction!

So tell me, Tom... how long have you had missile envy?

cobrausn:
Until I see one of these that can operate for days on the same power supply, I don't think the tech will go anywhere serious. We need our energy generation tech to catch up to our engineering tech for the next big leap.

I don't know, carbon nanotube batteries are looking fairly promising. Sure, the article is three years old, but there's potential there!

...oh crap, don't let the robots read that!

that's a pretty cool robot even his cousin Big Dog, tho a bit odd and creepy, is pretty cool and good leaps forward into robotics

What I'm worried about is the fact that given I'm British I have Skynet floating over my head, I mean seriously give that thing AI, and it'll just stream the anti-life equiation straight into everyones mobiles.

It WILL figure that thing out man, it's inevitable.

Cool but can he play Blu-Ray? NO HE CANT!!! Go buy a PS3 lol jk jk

Damn...robots...at least it wasnt the japanes this time.

 

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