“PETMAN is an anthropomorphic robot developed by Boston Dynamics for testing special clothing used by the US Army. PETMAN balances itself as it walks, squats and does simple calisthenics. PETMAN simulates human physiology by controlling temperature, humidity and sweating inside the clothing to provide realistic test conditions”
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.
It’s not the first machine with that advertising. Petman seems like Honda’s P series prototypes of the 1990s that preceded the development of Asimo. Honda’s mechatronic mascot, however, was designed to help out in a human environment, not a military lab, and thus has hands and AI capabilities. –Tim Hornyak CNET