Boston Dynamics’ Terminator-like ‘PETMAN’ robot tests chemical suits

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, April 8, 2013 8:51 EDT
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A Boston Dynamics "PETMAN" robot tries out a chemical suit. Photo: Screenshot via YouTube.
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Defense contractor Boston Dynamics has new video of its Terminator-like “PETMAN” robot standing, walking, posing and… wearing a chemical protection suit, for some reason.

The project is funded in part by the Defense Department’s Chemical and Biological Defense program, CNet reported Monday.

For the test seen embedded below, Boston Dynamics says that PETMAN was outfitted with systems that actually “simulates human physiology within the protective suit by controlling temperature, humidity and sweating, all to provide realistic test conditions.” Additional sensors in the chemical suit watch for leaks and tears in the material.

Despite the apparent usefulness in testing chemical suits in potentially hazardous conditions, it’s likely not the PETMAN’s only objective. All seeming motility aside, this thing is downright creepy to watch in action.

This video is from YouTube.

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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