November 1, 2011 12:54
Android PETMAN will be used for testing uniforms, protective clothing and other means of maintaining the viability of the military.
A couple of years ago PETMAN (Protection Ensemble Test Mannequin) was a messy set of electronics, coupled with hydraulics. Now it's a real robot whose weight (80 kg) and dimensions of the relevant human. He has the same four limbs — though there is no head, which replaced the red beacon.
Mechanical recruit is able to move at a different pace, jump, squat, push-ups and balance even when the external action. It also simulates human physiology — at least to the extent that is necessary in the test subjects soldier wardrobe in real conditions and with the highest possible level of credibility for the machine. For example, PETMAN is able to regulate the temperature of your body and release sweat.
U.S. company has developed a device Boston Dynamics, which cooperates closely Pentagon. Earlier this year, she was commissioned to create a robotic cheetah that must carry the burden of a high speed. And since 2008 the U.S. military began to arrive robomuly BigDog, can carry 150 kg for the 20-km distance at a speed of 8 km / h and travel over rough terrain and slopes.
Ask the question whether PETMAN at least in theory to bear arms, Boston Dynamics leaves unanswered. The current version of this just can not, but you never know, you will not be added in the coming years of unmanned aircraft artificial infantry.