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Two new videos show progress with humanoid robots

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Boston Dynamics has clothed their Petman humanoid robot to test hazardous conditions and to be able to detect chemicals leaking through the suit. 

COMAN, modeled on a 4-year-old child, from the Italian Institute of Technology, has a new video showing how COMAN’s variable stiffness joints which use series elastic actuators improve the safety and make the robot compliant with being pushed around yet staying on its feet.

By Frank Tobe

Frank Tobe is the owner and publisher of The Robot Report After selling his business and retiring from 25+ years as a provider of computer direct marketing and consulting to the Democratic National Committee, major presidential and other campaigns and initiatives, he has energetically pursued a new career in researching and investing in robotics. In 2013 he co-founded Robo-STOX™ LLC (renamed in 2015 to ROBO-Global) and developed a tracking index for the robotics industry: the ROBO-Global™ Robotics & Automation Index.

Frank is a member of Robohub and also a panel member for panel member for Robohub's Robotics by Invitation series.