Boston Dynamics has revealed the latest capabilities of its humanoid robot, Atlas. In a new video, the company showcases the robot’s advanced dexterity as it moves objects using its new “hands” while executing complex movements.
While Atlas may not be performing tasks typically associated with a highly advanced robot, the demonstration allows Boston Dynamics to showcase the state-of-the-art technology behind the machine. The company, known for its popular robot-dog Spot, has made significant progress with its humanoid robot.
Atlas, first introduced in 2013, stands at 1.5 meters tall and weighs 89 kilograms. The robot is equipped with 28 hydraulic joints, allowing it to run at speeds of up to 2.5 meters per second (9 km/h). In the past, Boston Dynamics has demonstrated Atlas’ impressive agility in videos showcasing the robot’s gymnastics, dancing and parkour abilities. The new video shows Atlas in a construction setting and using pliers as hands.
Atlas Robot: Manipulating the World with Ease
Boston Dynamics has unveiled a new set of capabilities for its humanoid robot, Atlas. In a recent video, the company showcases the robot’s ability to manipulate objects other than cardboard boxes, including picking up a plank and placing it to access scaffolding, picking up a bag from the ground, throwing it to a person above, pushing a caisson, and even performing a somersault with a 540 degree rotation.
Unlike its previous demonstrations, such as dancing or parkour, Atlas in this video had to take into account its surroundings and adjust its movements accordingly. The objects it interacts with also move, requiring the robot to maintain balance and account for the weight of the objects it handles.
Although Atlas’ hardware has remained relatively unchanged since its update in 2016, the robot’s evolving movements demonstrate the crucial role of algorithms in its capabilities. As a research platform rather than a finished product, Atlas showcases the significant progress made in the field of robotics and AI.
Atlas Robot: Mastering Parkour with Ease
Boston Dynamics’ renowned Atlas robot continues to push the boundaries of its capabilities with its impressive display of parkour, also known as the art of displacement. In a new video released by the company, the robot flawlessly navigates complex obstacles with ease, showcasing its advanced balance and adaptability.
Eight years after its initial introduction, Atlas has not only mastered the art of dance, gymnastics and somersaults, but can now navigate parkour obstacles like a pro. At 1.5 meters tall and weighing 86 kilograms, the robot demonstrates a remarkable sense of balance, jumping from platform to platform and stepping over beams with ease.
What sets this demonstration apart from previous videos is the robot’s ability to adapt its posture based on its surroundings, rather than relying on pre-programmed actions. This allows the robot to independently navigate obstacles in a more natural way.
Atlas Robot: Pushing the Limits of Agility
Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot has once again demonstrated its impressive agility and balance with a successful display of parkour. The urban sports discipline, known for its combination of acrobatic movements and navigation of obstacles, provides an ideal test for the robot’s capabilities.
The demonstration, which showcased the robot’s ability to chain actions while maintaining balance, aimed to push Atlas to its limits. The robot was able to navigate the obstacles with ease, gaining more autonomy in the process.
Designed for search and rescue missions, the robot’s success in parkour means it is now better equipped to move unhindered over rough and unfamiliar terrain. The robot’s ability to adapt to different environments and handle unpredictable situations is an important factor for search and rescue operations.