By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Design
Boston Dynamics' latest robot, Petman, looks like a real-life version of The Terminator. It was developed to more realistically test soldier gear. It's also terrifying.
We all know that The Terminator is a science fiction film, but we may not all know is that humanoid robots made of metal exist in real life, and they're being developed for the war zone.
Don't believe me? See for yourself:
If the company's name sounds familiar, it's because we wrote about its BigDog quadruped robot back in March. That robot was designed to carry gear for overloaded U.S. soldiers.
In the span of only a few months, the company has engineered itself right up to the top of the Animal Kingdom.
The "Protection Ensemble Test Mannequin" -- which to be fair, was developed over many years -- walks on two legs. It has arms. It has a red light in place of a head. It weighs 180 lbs. (You might say it's the skinny version of Fox's Cleatus football robot.) It is the first anthropomorphic robot that moves dynamically like a real person.
Why a man-like robot? To simulate how a soldier stresses protective clothing under realistic conditions (such as under attack by chemical agents), according to the company. The thing even sweats.
Yes. It sweats.
Boston Dynamics worked with the Midwest Research Institute (now MRIGlobal), Measurement Technologies Northwest, Oak Ridge National Lab, Smith Carter CUH2A and HHI Corporation on the device, which is intended for use by the U.S. Army.
An effective military tool? If the element of surprise counts for anything, absolutely.
Oct 31, 2011
The CBR backstory claims that the human, in an attempt to make his own band, created the robots. Instead of following him, they revolted, pulled out his intestines and eyes, and now force him to travel the world with them, performing music and making him contemplate the inferiority of the human race. [url=http://www.guidedbattlefieldtours.co.uk]http://www.guidedbattlefieldtours.co.uk[/url]
Bipedal walking for a robot is very difficult. I was impressed with the video showing someone pushing the robot to knock it off balance, it was able to recover within a few steps. It looks like the controls for the robot are external and connected through a cable, it may take some time to make it a self powered and controlled unit.
Remember "Westworld"? That was around 38 years ago. Let's hope they've learned a thing or two since then! Dave
I'd pay a few bucks to get to shoot at some robots running and ducking behind cover in a field - excuse me - simulated combat exercise. Forget ducks! Do I get more points for kill-zone shots? Better yet - really mess with our enemies. Send in some of these and see what they do.
We must be about the same age. Westworld was a great piece of science fiction. As such, it's job was to entertain and just maybe predict the future. Seems like the writers did a reasonable job on both fronts. The worrisome part is that the writers predicted we would have unshakable faith in our technology and believe that a robot (or computer/man-made machine) could never go rogue (Unless it's named Sarah Palin) and I'm afraid that they may have had an uncanny sense of what our present-day thinking is like in that regard. Great movie. Interesting article. Good post. Thanks for reminding me of that wonderful part of my past!