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Monday, October 31, 2011

$ 26,3 Million Mannequin Robot Catwalk

We are trav'ling in the footsteps
Of those who've gone before,
And we'll all be reunited,
On a new and sunlit shore,
Oh, when the saints go marching in
Oh, when the saints go marching in
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in

U.S. Army has invested $26,3 million to develop a humanoid robot to test chemical suits and other protective gear used by troops. The first robotic catwalk video has now been released by developer Boston Dynamics, demonstrating the "undressed" and headless humanoid robot called PETMAN, short for Protection Ensemble Test Mannequin, running and exercising at his training lab. The robot has to be capable of moving just like a soldier -- walking, running, bending, reaching, army crawling -- to test the suit's durability in a full range of motion.

Today there is no National Defense Authorization Act that sets a goal for creating a robotics war fighting army, but it would be very surprising if this advanced technology wouldn't be used in more advanced applications than catwalking in the future.
In 2001, the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act set a goal for the U.S. Armed Forces -- create an unmanned combat vehicle force that would account for one third of all vehicles in operation. In 2005 unmanned vehicles successfully crossed the DARPA Challenge line and started the global robotics race to develop new military and civil applications.
It may take some decades before humanoid army robots might be ready "trav'ling in the footsteps of those who've gone before" but be sure, the bots will go marching in."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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