Humanoid robot shown testing military HAZMAT clothing

Posted at 4:45 PM, Apr 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-08 17:10:29-04

PETMAN, the Department of Defense’s oddly-human disaster-rescue robot, has a new wardrobe.

The robot, created by Boston Dynamics for the DOD’s Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), is featured in a new video for the company wearing a flame-retardant camouflage jumpsuit and gas mask.

This model of PETMAN was reportedly manufactured for the DOD’s Chemical and Biological Defense program to test the clothing’s ability to keep out harmful chemical agents.

According to Boston Dynamics, PETMAN has sensors embedded in its skin that detect any chemicals leaking through the suit. The skin also maintains a micro-climate inside the clothing by sweating and regulating temperature.

Previous videos of PETMAN posted to Boston Dynamics’ YouTube account over the past three years show the robot sans head, but walking, squatting, and demonstrating various other simulations of human physiology.

The company is also responsible for creating a cheetah robot last year that was clocked running on a treadmill at 28.3 miles per hour, a speed faster than the fastest man’s fastest time ever.