The humanoid robot PETMAN (protection ensemble test mannequin) is planned to be used for testing of chemical protection suits under realistic conditions.

The humanoid robot PETMAN (protection ensemble test mannequin) is planned to be used for testing of chemical protection suits under realistic conditions. The robot will have the shape and size of a standard human and move dynamically like a real person. The robot will balance itself and move freely, aim, crawl and perform a variety of suit-stressing calisthenics during exposure to chemical warfare agents.

PETMAN is being developed by Boston Dynamics Inc., maker of the BigDog robot, and is expected to be ready for action in 2011.

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