Petman robot soldier shows off with push-ups
Video screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET)
Science fact often follows science fiction. Hence, the U.S. Army is funding development of a Terminator-style robot soldier.
Boston Dynamics has released new video of its Petman robot and its resemblance to the T-800 is uncanny.
The vid below shows the anthropomorphic bot (aka the Protection Ensemble Test Mannequin) walking on a treadmill, doing squats, and pumping out push-ups without breaking a sweat. All it needs is a metal skull head and a phased plasma rifle in the 40-watt range.
The droid, scheduled for delivery next year, is supposed to go through various maneuvers wearing a suit and taking heavy doses of chemical warfare agents. Roughly 6 feet tall, it will also mimic human physiology, generating heat and sweating for added realism.
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