PETMAN Robot Steps Up to Test Protective Clothing
Testing protective clothing for chemical materials is risky business – but Boston Dynamics has found a way to do so without endangering people.
The company has built the PETMAN (Protection Ensemble Test Mannequin) robot clone that can emulate human conditions for military suits designed to protect sodiers from chemical weapons. Like a human, PETMAN is able to fully move, as well as recreate sweat and changes in body temperature.
Boston Dynamics has included built-in sensors that allow for the detection of chemical traces that can leak through the fabric of the suits, allowing for further corrections without putting a human subject at risk.
Using a combination of gyros and computer software, Boston Dynamics can recreate a number of movements with the robot, such as walking forward, bending down or looking around, to recreate natural stresses on the clothing.