Boston firm develops Terminator-like robot to test Army clothing

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, October 31, 2011 13:02 EDT
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Boston Dymanics' PETMAN robot. Screenshot
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How technologically advanced is the Pentagon? Well, try this one on for size: they have a Terminator-like robot made exclusively for testing clothes. And it can even sweat.

Yes, a robot that can sweat.

Below is a video of the PETMAN, I.E. the “Protection Ensemble Test Mannequin,” a robot developed by the makers of the “BigDog,” a large, walking pack-mule of sorts meant to accompany soldiers on the battlefield.

Unlike BigDog, PETMAN is not intended for combat. Instead, the robot is meant to test out protective clothing that soldiers might wear, such as hazmat suits or body armor. It has a full range of movement similar to a human being, which should be helpful in determining the stress factors those materials will encounter when in use.

PETMAN could also be used to help develop next-generation prosthesis, Wired magazine added — once it gets a head of its own, that is.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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