Creepy, glowing, Terminator-like DARPA robot maneuvers around, over, and by challenging obstacles [VIDEO]

// October 25th, 2012 // Robotics

The guys at DARPA just keep building creepier, but cooler, robots (just imagine this thing coming at you on a battlefield).  This eerie glowing, Terminator-like beast climbs steep steps to a platform then jumps off landing gracefully (but loudly) on its feet. It then maneuvers over a thin ledge using its arms to brace itself on the walls.  When it stumbles, it uses its arms and upper body position to correct itself.

In this video, the Pet-Proto, a predecessor to DARPA’s Atlas robot, is confronted with obstacles similar to those robots might face in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). To maneuver over and around the obstacles, the robot exercises capabilities including autonomous decision-making, dismounted mobility and dexterity.

 

Pet-Proto getting around obstacles

 

So admit it – after watching this video, it’s really not that hard to imagine a future Terminator-like war consisting of humans *and* robots working together in battle.  Imagine one of these things chasing your ass down on the battlefield!  Then think of the dilemma lawmakers are going to struggle with when deciding where to draw the line…

And if that’s not cool enough, here’s a picture of the *updated* version of the robot in the video above.

Updated version of DARPA's Pet-Proto robot





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