In a new video, the Boston Dynamics-manufactured humanoid robot called “PETMAN” is shown with a flame-retardant camouflage jumpsuit and a gas mask walking, squatting, rotating and performing some other human-like actions.
In addition to the human-like robots, the Pentagon is focusing on robots modeled after animals like,
This particular robot, shown in the Boston Dynamics video (below video), was manufactured for the Department of Defense’s Chemical and Biological Defense program:
According to Danger Room, a robot like this would be used to perform rescue missions that wouldn’t be safe for a human being in a chemical or biological attack situation.
However, according to Boston Dynamics, PETMAN is actually designed to test chemical protection clothing.
Yet robots closely related to PETMAN are clearly aimed at going far beyond just testing suits, such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Pet-Proto robot shown navigating obstacles in the video below.
A robot somewhat similar to PETMAN, called Atlas, will be used in the DARPA Robotics Challenge program in 2013, according to Boston Dynamics.