The video shows the PETMAN robot, an eerily lifelike robot created by Boston Dynamics to test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments. The robot is also designed to test other military equipment.
A DARPA funded project has tested a robot that can climb stairs and do push ups. The robot, according to its designers, can "balance itself, move freely; walk, do a variety of suit-stressing calisthenics during exposure to chemical warfare agents."
The Cheetah, a four-legged robot commissioned by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research arm of the U.S. Dept. of Defense, set a new land speed record for legged robots of 18 mph on Monday.
The new bigger and smarter AlphaDog version of the BigDog rough terrain robot being developed for military use by Boston Dynamics has been profiled by tech bloggers as extremely scary and creepy, but the video must be fun to watch - it soon went viral.
AlphaDog is a bigger, more advanced version of the BigDog rough terrain robot shown here, developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Marine Corp. The BigDog project aims to build robots that carry, run and climb long distances anywhere troops and supplies are needed..