PETMAN Prototype


The video you’ll be seeing on every tech site shortly :)

Biped robot the balances dynamically using a human-like walking motion. It is a close relative to BigDog, sharing elements of the mechanical design and control.

10 thoughts on “PETMAN Prototype

  1. Jack says:

    This is an awesome demonstration. First their dog robots, and now this biped. It’s amazing how it responds so smoothly to being pushed, much like it’s predecessors.

    I’m wondering about something, though. I keep seeing these advanced robotics funded by DARPA and the military, and I’m wondering if there are any cool projects aimed at improving the world, rather than focused on warmaking. I’m a US Marine, and understand the need for such robots, but I’d love to see more advanced robots with a philanthropic purpose. I assume there’s just not as much funding for such things. We’ve seen the robot designed to lift people in a hospital or elderly care environment, but I can’t think of anything else off-hand.

    1. Stuart says:

      The rockets that took us to the moon were only possible because of all the ones that rained down in the war.

      Also, why does a robot need red sneakers?

      1. Jack says:

        I don’t disagree with you. I do think it’s sad that it is that way, though.

  2. Phillip Torrone says:

    @jack – this is the best comment i’ve read on MAKE this year, nicely done.

  3. Mike says:

    Never mind pushing it – they need to test this with ewoks swinging logs at it.

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