It's not going to win any foot races, but a new robot
being developed for the U.S. Army
still has a leg (or two) up on its competition. The "Petman" prototype is a bipedal robot that simulates human walking
(video after the break) more realistically than any other robot we've seen. According to Wired, the robot, which is being developed by Boston Dynamics
, will be used to test how protective clothing
responds during chemical warfare. It walks with a heel-to-toe motion at 3.2 mph and can maintain balance if pushed or bumped. Plus, the robot simulates human environmental and physiological factors -- like temperature, humidity, and "sweating" -- to provide even more realistic testing conditions.
There's a slew of walking robots out there
, but "Petman" stands out in the crowd. It's hard to pinpoint what's most amazing -- the 'bot's balance or the walking motion. Just as long as the Army is really using "Petman" to test clothing, and creating a plethora of robot super soldiers. [From: Wired