Boston Dynamics’ PETMAN Robot Can Now Climb Stairs [Video]


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This video shows versions of DARPA and Boston Dynamics robots climbing stairs, walking on a treadmill and doing pushups.

A modified platform resembling these robots is expected to be used as government-funded equipment (GFE) for performers in Tracks B and C of the DARPA Robotics Challenge. The GFE Platform is expected to have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head, and will be physically capable of performing all of the tasks required for the disaster response scenarios scheduled in the Challenge. However, despite the appearance of the robots in the video, the Challenge is decidedly not exclusive to humanoid robot solutions. Any designs are welcome provided they are compatible with shared human-robot environments, compatible with human tools, and compatible with human operators so that a human without expertise in robotics can give commands and confidently anticipate the response.

[Via TDWG]





3 Responses to Boston Dynamics’ PETMAN Robot Can Now Climb Stairs [Video]

  1. Future generations will look back on this clip, and see it as the terrifying moment it truly is. Once we teach Them to climb, our only escape will be self-sustaining airships.

    Which, actually, sounds pretty cool.

    Ooh, but They'll have control of all the Surface-To-Air missiles, won't they? Crud.