DARPA Manlike Pet-Proto Robot

DARPA continues to improve their robots. Remember that walking military machine? By the way, you will soon be able to control it by MYO gesture device.

This time, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) showed manlike robot, which walks pretty much like we all do. Its name is Pet-Proto.. Wait.. Pet??! Nice doggy, come here.

DARPA PetProt Robot


Check the video yourself. This “pet” walks, then starts to jump, run and even able to avoid obstacles (using “hands” to hold its position in space). He is able to balance and leap across narrow terrain, make own decisions and choose the safest and quickest way.

One thing missing from turning it to the perfect war machine -— Terminator. These are canons and rifles, but I do not think these guys are far away from upgrading their “pet” 🙂

Though initially, robot’s functions will be limited to the robotic aid to victims of natural disasters and making repairs in degraded environments.

Next prototype from DARPA will be called Atlas, let’s see what it can.

Walking Military Robot – LS3

Anyone afraid of robots? Well, not those funny vacuum machines or Transformers from our childhood. Reality is that robots now look like computer animation, but you can ride some of them 🙂 And command with your own voice, not a keyboard or joystick.

Military Robot Darpa

This, em, “bug-donkey” is a new prototype by the Boston Dynamics and its codename is LS3. It is capable of carrying 400 pounds (~180 kg) of goods for up to 20 miles (~32 km) and can be guided just by your voice. Commands can be transmitted using radio. Awesome piece of technology.

And I am sure I know your first question – “Is it possible to deploy turrets?”. Seems, no problems with that, though creators (DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) avoid this kind of rumours.

In addition, LS3 can move precisely over rough terrain, has the ability to maneuver in an urban environment and stand up after falling. Another useful capability is to become an auxiliary power supply – kind of a huge battery pack. You are able to recharge smartphone and iPad 🙂

DARPA program manager was already very pleased with results of the testing conducted together with Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) and mentioned that results exceeded expectations. Overall, testing is planned to continue through the first half of 2014. Robot is equipped with night vision, of course, and climbing hills is not a problem.

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