By National Security Producer Jennifer Rizzo
The Terminator's "I'll be back" promise has been upheld with an advanced robot soon to be added to the military's arsenal of machines. The new human-like bot is being built for the Army to test chemical protective clothing.
Robot maker Boston Dynamics released a new video of the humanoid robot they call PETMAN. In the video, PETMAN is seen walking on a treadmill, bending and even doing push ups. At one point in the clip the robot is shoved by one of the engineers and the robot reacts by just sliding over and continuing on its way.
Meant to mimic the human form and range of movement PETMAN is able to perform various activities– walking, crawling, and calisthenics– all while exposed to various chemical warfare agents, according to Boston Dynamics.
To help provide real world results the robot, is also able to simulate human body reactions like sweating by controlling the temperature and humidity inside the protective suit.
It has cost about $10 million to develop the 180 pound, 5' 10" robot. The price to develop additional units has not been set yet.
In development since 2009, the robot has been through preliminary tests and is expected to be delivered to the military next year after a head and an articulated neck are installed.