Oct 26, 2012
The DARPA Pet-Proto Robot
It looks the folks over at DARPA have had their hands full with advancing their robotics programs, as this latest video showcases some true leaps and bounds in robotic mobility. The robot, dubbed 'Pet-Proto' is shown traversing an obstacle course that features dismounts, gaps and limited climbing (With human assistance). It's still pretty amazingly clumsy and somewhat reminiscent of a man drunkenly stumbling through a hallway, but when it comes to robotics I definitely acknowledge that it's one baby step at a time.
On a related note, they also have made some amazing strides in regards to their mule walker (Legged Squad Support System) program, which no longer emits the sounds of an unholy mechanical abomination. Check that out after the break!