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You wouldn't want to meet this camouflaged humanoid in a dark alley. For the time being, it's tethered to a treadmill.
Boston Dynamics' Petman humanoid soldier looks pretty confident strutting its stuff on the treadmill.
The military plans to use it to test out clothing for soldiers that needs to be completely protective and not strain or open up under any sort of human articulated movement.
The bipedal Schaft robot, the top scorer in a DARPA competition last year for disaster-response scenarios, will compete in the finals, but now with funding just from Google.
Company nabs a maker of impressive walking and running creatures. It's part of Google's effort to buy its way into a future populated by autonomous mechanical entities.
Atlas looks like the prototype for a future robot infantryman, and it can tackle rough terrain and carry human tools. Can you say "Skynet"?
The agency apparently wants to create remotely operated bipedal machines that could perform some soldiering duties. Flying dragons not included.
DARPA trials would apparently involve getting a robot to drive a utility vehicle, enter a locked room, and repair a pump. Eliminating members of the ragtag human Resistance comes later.
This week, we take a ride in a hovercraft golf cart, play an e-mail guitar, and pay a huge amount for a "Star Trek" phaser rifle.
A Time magazine staffer got a call from a telemarketer who sounded not quite human. That's when the fun -- and the weirdness -- started.