The technological progress is moving from the futuristic androids to more practical developments.
A few days ago, Boston Dynamics that is a maker of the Big Dog has posted a video on internet about another project - Petman. Previously, it has already been written about it, however the development of this project had not been finished in that time. What we see now is truly amazing.
Here is some information about the project:
Petman is an anthropomorphic robot for testing chemical protection clothing that are being used by the U.S. Army. In contrast to the previous suit testers, which had a limited set of motions and had to be supported mechanically, Petman will balance itself and move freely; walking, crawling and doing a variety of suit-stressing calisthenics during exposure to chemical warfare agents. Petman will also simulate human physiology within the protective suit by controlling temperature, humidity and sweating when necessary, all to provide realistic test conditions.