Boston Dynamics, the designers behind the Atlas humanoid robot, have released new videos showcasing the latest skills of their creation. The robot, known for its agility and gymnastic abilities, can now perform somersaults, complex movements, and even move objects with its new “hands.”
Boston Dynamics, the company behind the popular robot-dog Spot, has released a new video of their humanoid robot Atlas performing on a construction site. The robot, which was first presented in 2013, stands at 1.5 meters tall and weighs 89 kilograms. Equipped with 28 hydraulic joints, it can run at speeds of up to 2.5 meters per second (9 kilometers per hour).
The firm has previously demonstrated the robot’s incredible agility in videos where it performed gymnastics, danced to rock music, and even practiced parkour. With the addition of pliers as “hands,” Atlas has now expanded its capabilities to a construction site.
Atlas: Manipulating the World with New Skills
Boston Dynamics has revealed a new capability of its humanoid robot, Atlas. In the demonstration, Atlas is shown manipulating objects other than cardboard boxes. The robot picks up a plank and places it in order to access a scaffolding. It then picks up a bag from the ground, steps on the plank, and throws the bag to a person standing above.
The robot continues by pushing a caisson to allow for its descent, and ends with a somersault featuring a 540-degree rotation.
The Atlas robot, developed by Boston Dynamics, has recently demonstrated its new ability to manipulate objects in its environment. Unlike previous demonstrations of the robot’s dance and parkour skills, the robot had to take into account the movement of objects and adjust its balance accordingly to handle the weight of a board or a bag.
Despite the advancements in its movements, the robot’s hardware has remained largely unchanged since the presentation of a new version in 2016. As a research platform, Atlas serves to showcase the progress made in algorithm development and their importance in the advancement of robotics.