The PETMAN is a supposedly humanoid robot under development to test chemical protection clothing for the US Army. However, take a look at the PETMAN video below; there is something about the articulation of its legs that is not quite right...
How is this robot supposed to test human clothing when it has an extra, reversed joint in its legs? My legs don't work like that. Supposedly, the PETMAN robot has the following goal:
Natural, agile movement is essential for PETMAN to simulate how a soldier stresses protective clothing under realistic conditions. The robot will have the shape and size of a standard human, making it the first anthropomorphic robot that moves dynamically like a real person.
The PETMAN robot is Frederik Pohl's consumption robots brought to life for your consumer pleasure, right out of his 1954 story The Midas Plague:
There was the butler robot, hard at work, his copper face expressionless. Dressed in Morey's own sports knickers and golfing shoes, the robot solemnly hit a ball against the wall, picked it up and teed it, hit it again, over and again, with Morey's own clubs.
Orion's 'Skip-to-M'Lou' Entry
'A lightning pilot possibly could land that tin toy without power and still walk away from it provided he had the skill to play Skip-to-M’Lou in and out of the atmosphere...'