Dancing robots almost seem a dime a dozen these days, so CHARLI-2’s display of dancing prowess doesn’t represent anything special as far as robotic capabilities — it manages the arm movements rather more successfully than the leg moves. The robot has done much more in its day job as a humanoid research platform capable of walking and playing soccer…

In any case, the Virginia Tech robot’s record certainly impressed the U.S. Navy — the Navy envisions CHARLI-2 as a forerunner for creating a Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) that could work with human sailors to battle fires aboard warships at sea.