• Apr 11th 2013 at 4:00PM
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In a video released earlier this week by Boston Dynamics--the robotics company behind BigDog--a humanoid robot named Petman is seen performing a wide range of motion exercises while wearing a Hazmat suit and gas mask. As you can see in the video below, Petman's movements are unnervingly human-like.

Petman is a bi-pedal robot (we have some experience with those) developed by Boston Dynamics, along with a long list of partners, "to test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments," according to the company's website.

Along with human-like movements, the robot shares some other features with the species that created it. According to Boston Dynamics, "Petman also simulates human physiology within the protective suit by controlling temperature, humidity and sweating."

Check out Petman in the video below.



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      gramcharan
      • 2 Years Ago
      They haven't seen the movie West World. On a serious note, Petman is cool.
      Practical Nomad
      • 2 Years Ago
      OK, so why the gas mask?
        Bill
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Practical Nomad
        Because it is a hazardous materials, hazmat, suit. Designed to deal with situations where the human body can't function without protection.
      sylvabugg2
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's just scary. "I Robot", here we come!
      floppypawltd
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cylons!
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is he tethered?
      Bill
      • 2 Years Ago
      Serious question. Why is it so necessary to build robots that resemble humans when it would be so much easier to make specialized robots?
        floppypawltd
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bill
        The thing is to test dynamic fit, wear and tear on gear designed to fit the human body you really need a body analog that moves exactly like a living person that can be sped up to find critical spots that can wear out or cinch, bind, or chafe in a short priod of time.
      Tasia
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can we make a sex robot since you got the dynamics right for making a makebelieve man? lol
      Tasia
      • 2 Years Ago
      But on a serious note.........that is great technology !! Scarey too !!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Petman asked me if I was John Connor and stole my motorcycle!!!!!
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