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Imagine This Chasing You Through the Woods: VIDEO


Boston Dynamics, creator of the Big Dog, and Big Mule, presents its first humanoid robot named Petman, which will stalk you in your nightmares.


According to Boston Dynamics: "It is used to test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments. The video shows initial testing in a chemical protection suit and gas mask. PETMAN has sensors embedded in its skin that detect any chemicals leaking through the suit. The skin also maintains a micro-climate inside the clothing by sweating and regulating temperature."

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  1. Bring out the Gimp.

    Posted by: Bollux | Apr 6, 2013 12:29:47 PM

  2. Is he doing the Harlem Shake?

    Posted by: rjp3 | Apr 6, 2013 1:19:55 PM

  3. meh, if ur robot needs wires to hold it upright then no worries about terminators just yet

    Posted by: Moz's | Apr 6, 2013 3:05:47 PM

  4. Petman is simply a robot that sweats and moves in order to test NBC* suits to see if they can hold up to wear. Petman is not designed to work without supporting cables, external power supply etc, he's basically confined to a treadmill at all times.

    *Nuclear, Biological, Chemical

    Posted by: nick | Apr 6, 2013 3:16:50 PM

  5. Does it come with dildo attachmrnts, and do all orifices function like humans?

    Posted by: Funbunz | Apr 6, 2013 3:27:57 PM

  6. Still creepy as F! The horror movie would start with that thing getting loose and running around murdering people.

    Posted by: AJ | Apr 6, 2013 3:49:14 PM

  7. I'd hit that.

    Posted by: blah | Apr 6, 2013 4:03:44 PM

  8. Do we, as humanity, really need this? I'm really dreading the day when robots will live side by side of humans..

    Posted by: adam | Apr 6, 2013 4:35:02 PM

  9. @adam: regarding "do we, as humanity, really need this?", the answer is obvious. If you want to do a realistic test of protective clothing, which includes making sure it doesn't leak as the person wearing it gets into various positions or walks or runs, should the test be done with a machine like "petman" or would you like to volunteer to be a test subject? You know, to make sure the suit really will protect you when exposed to some nerve gas.

    Whether, given substantial technical advances, they'd try to turn these things into walking robots to replace soldiers is anyone's guess, but
    keep in mind that if designing a robotic soldier from scratch, making it have the same shape as a person might not be even close to optimal.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 6, 2013 8:01:55 PM

  10. Ah you Sarah Cahnnah?

    Posted by: Dave | Apr 6, 2013 10:15:54 PM

  11. He needs to be a bit of a hunk.

    Posted by: Rob West | Apr 7, 2013 9:26:23 AM

  12. It's cute, but the biologic models are so much less expensive.

    Posted by: Yeek | Apr 8, 2013 10:20:12 AM

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