If you thought that Boston Dynamics’ PETMAN robot was pretty harmless and that all you had to do to escape it was climb some stairs, we have some bad news. It can now climb stairs. It’s like how we were always safe from the Daleks upstairs, until they learned to hover.
Check out this video of several versions of DARPA and Boston Dynamics robots climbing stairs, walking on a treadmill and doing pushups. It’s like Rocky Balboa training for a fight. Not with humans, but for the DARPA Robotics Challenge.
The idea is that a modified platform resembling these robots will be used as government-funded equipment (GFE) for performers in Tracks B and C of the DARPA Robotics Challenge. The GFE Platform will have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head. It will also be physically capable of performing all of the tasks required for the disaster response scenarios that are a part of the Challenge.
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