It is totally not coincidence that it resembles Iron Man; they were definitely going for cool factor as they designed their entry into an upcoming DARPA robotics challenge, the Valkyrie robot. But cool wasn’t the only thing on their minds; it’s also modular and covered with sensors to help it navigate its environment. Major parts can be swapped in just fifteen minutes, and they even arranged it so that the right and left arms are identical; they just need a slight reconfiguration to fit them to the left or right side of the robot.
Pretty awesome, huh? 😉