Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot shows off upgraded agility skills in new video

Boston Dynamics Atlas robot Boston Dynamics' robots can now do parkour Credit Boston Dynamics
Russell Knight | 13 October, 2018, 10:31

According to the Boston Dynamics website, "Atlas is the latest in a line of advanced humanoid robots we are developing".

Atlas, who is five-foot-nine and weighs about 180 pounds, had already shown the world it can do backflips, while the company's dog-like robot, SpotMini, can open and close doors, walk down stairs and load a dishwasher.

Since it was first revealed to the public back in 2013, Atlas has continued to gain more skills - blowing past milestones as it becomes eerily more human-like.

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"Atlas does parkour" says Boston Dynamics.

A look at the future: Videos from Boston Dynamics have circulated on the internet for months.

"The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace", Boston Dynamics wrote in an explanation accompanying the YouTube Video, which has since been viewed almost a million times in one day. Atlas also used computer vision technology to tell exactly where it is in space and plan where to land when it jumps. Boston Dynamics is working on it with funding and guidance from DARPA, so some type of military use for it is not so far fetched, despite DARPA officially calling it a disaster response robot. Thanks to this reduced weight, Atlas is able to keep its balance better than its bigger and bulkier predecessors. Perhaps it's really just a matter of time.

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