DARPA photo

If you fear the robot apocalypse, perhaps your day would be much improved if you just moved on. Boston Dynamics’ PETMAN robot, developed for DARPA, is getting more humanoid-like by the day it seems, and here we see it–legs, torso, arms, and all–negotiating staircases, running on a treadmill, and even hitting the floor for some pushups. All this strength training appears to be doing PETMAN some good.

A modified version of this platform will be used as the government-funded equipment for the tracks of DARPA’s Robotics Challenge that only require teams to develop a software component. In other words if you can write a good piece of software for this high-stepping humanoid, DARPA might just let you try it out.