Yep, Boston Dynamics' humanoid robot is just as scary as the dog

He's called "PETMAN".

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.

And you shall know the jazzercise of your new masters, meat.


      1. Its a cruel world where we need to kick robots to ensure survival, and at the same time worry that we could lose some of our humanity over how we treat animated non living objects.

    1.  By “kick it”, I assume you mean apply force with the foot, not the colloquial “engage in innuendo-laced banter, in hopes of procuring a date” because those are some pretty sexy squat-twists, which definitely could start to set off some post-uncanny-valley attraction to this hulking mix of sports-car lines and jungle-cat agility. 

        1. Patience my friend, I give it another year or two and it’ll do that and more … and that worries me, a little.

      1. Well, I guess you’re gonna have to go wake him up now, won’t you? Just hit any button.

  1. The skin also maintains a micro-climate inside the clothing by sweating and regulating temperature.

    “The 600 series had rubber skin. We spotted them easy, but these are new. They look human – sweat, bad breath, everything.”—Kyle Reese

    1. Exactly. 
      Testing protective clothing today. 
      Walking right out of there looking for Sarah Connor tomorrow.

      1. Well they’ll start looking for her tomorrow, but they won’t catch up with her until about 30 years ago.

  2. Well, it is a step up from an arm attached to a wheelchair with Robert Vaughn coming out of a speaker.

    1. The cord supplies data connections, power for the sensors, hydraulic fluid/pressure and water for perspiration.

  3. Around 0:44 I was disappointed he didn’t break into a running man dance (or whatever it’s called, y’know, mc hammer and stuff).

    1. Supposedly the robot exists to put the protective suit through a reasonable workout for testing purposes.  Honestly I think they just put it on the robot to make it look more creepy.

  4. Clearly Boston Dynamics one of the four horsemen of the robot apocalypse.

    Also, clearly, they appear to be the only robotics research company who understands how to do fast kinematics and balancing.   Others have done some good work, but these people PRODUCE.

  5. I continue to find BigDog creepy – it’s always moving “unnaturally”. This robot guy was mostly not creepy when he moved naturally, and only moderately creepy when he jittered. He could have been doing dubstep-dance moves at that point for all I know.

    Seriously – PETMAN moves so much more naturally than Marquese Scott in this video.

  6. He’s the only humanoid in existence that hasn’t attempted either The Harlem Shake *or* Gangnam Style…I suppose it’s just a matter of time, or a short circuit.

  7. they managed the single red “eye”, so how about a bit more effort  to follow the historical design of a cylon centurion, eh?

  8. Seems like a long way to go just to test protective clothing. A mannequin with sensors wouldn’t be good enough? In a few years, these things are going to be everywhere: worker-bee drones remotely operated from China for $3 a day. Think unemployment is bad now? Mock my words.

  9. Please for give my ineptitude, but rather than invent a robot that sweats, wouldn’t it have been easier to just pay a guy to put on the suit and run with it? Lots of folks looking for work these days…

  10. I really wanted to be impressed.   But the amount of tension on those center cables, over the shoulder’s, makes it clear that this thing is more marionette than terminator.  It can’t even stand on its own.  

    1. Those cables only seem to have tension because they’re retractable kind of like seatbelts, it can stand and move without them, but obviously they don’t want millions of dollars of robot falling to the ground with the full force of gravity…

  11. Give him a rubber Shatner mask and butcher knife, and voila, Michael Myers.

    In fact I bet they’ve already done that.

  12. Ok, I found the scary part.

    Why would a robot making company need any “solutions let you network your human entities with unparalleled fidelity and precision.”

    This is software to add human faces and reactions  to video simulations, like police or military training programs. But…really?

    This is how they are going to make scary faces on their scary robots.

    And you know that big dog thing is going to get the scary human face…


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