Everyone's favorite headless bipedal bot is back, just in time for Halloween. Petman won't be riding any horses around Sleepy Hollow, though - just showing off his moves on a treadmill. Boston Dynamics is developing Petman to test chemical protection clothing for the U.S. Army, and if he's joining the army, obviously he needs to get in shape. Watch as he plods along, with an impressively smooth gait, balancing himself when someone pushes him. He's also got a few new calisthenic exercises up his sleeve, working those glutes with some squats and lunges, then executing a far better push-up than any I've ever done.
Watch Petman's workout in the video below:
im proud to witnessing the FIRST STEPS of the robots of tomorrow ^^
bored? lets go mine the stars... ^^
yes. now all it needs is a human like head with infrared and night vision sensors. one step closer to having the t800.
The people of the world only divide into two kinds, One sort with brains who hold no religion, The other with religion and no brain.
- Abu-al-Ala al-Marri
Its amazing how they've created a robot that can remain balanced, and still be true to the human form, maintaining posture and walking so realistically
Hopefully we develop a C3P0 instead of a Cylon warrior.
Yep ^^ personal butler is the ultimate goal ^^
bored? lets go mine the stars... ^^
They have the human movements so close to a natural human; I am surprise knowing it is mechanical. I really can imagine a type of robotic drone warrior. It just needs it small local power plant to keep it going. The intelligence could be remote, beam communication to the robot. I am completely impressed and wowed!
Very nice progress. It did have balancing wires however so still allot of work to go. Also for such a robot I dunno what the battery life time would be. Possibly we need some advances in nano-batteries soon!
Pretty amazing and congrats to Boston Dynamics.
It's a shame that the lion share of robotic funding comes from the military. The ultimate goal is to put an M16 in it's hands and send them off to war.
When the government no longer depends on its citizens for its killing forces the people will be in serious trouble.
If the computers ever become self-aware and turn on us, we deserve it, these machines were bred for the purpose of killing or to facilitate killing.
I wish the NFL funded this research, Raiders could use a new QB.
This is the next advance in unmanned warfare. Expand the concept of UAVs replacing manned aircraft, to replace the ground troops with robot troops. They wont be Terminators in the sense that they will think for themselves, rather remotely controlled from a safe location by a trained soldier. I would imagine the remote interface looking like a first person shooter game, I think about this every time I play Call of Duty. I bet it will even use a PS3 / Xbox type controller.
Yep, but after seeing avatar all I can think of is combining the avatar remoteness with the robot control. Totally separate like a drone but physically controlled like the robots and the soldier wearing a headset like sony's virtual reality thing. I don't know about how responsive or reliable the signal would have to be but the technology is all there.
This is the next step of Robotic evolution, but it needs a head.
The only real need for a robot would be for a person to have access to somewhere that's too hostile for humans by using sensors on someone's body to control the robots, like tele-existence, on places like Mars. But having robots with AI, and "minds of their own" just so they can act like humans is just plain stupid, and childish, there would be a whole lot of adults playing pretend, acting like the robot's a real creature.
@prime2011. When you look at the video you can notice that the support lines are slack, they are there for safety (very expensive equipment) and not to balance the robot.