Standing 6 foot 9 and weighing in at 167 pounds, Atlas is a robot that you really don’t want to argue with.
Just months ago, Boston Dynamic’s humanoid bot became an object of ridicule after a series of accidents at a government ‘robo olympics’ saw if falling constantly, and needing a crane to get back on its feet.
Now, ‘the World’s Most Dynamic Humanoid’ is back – and you really don’t want to mess with it.
Its makers have given the bot an overhaul, and it is now so stable it can even perform a perfect backflip.
‘Atlas is the latest in a line of advanced humanoid robots we are developing, Boston Robotics said.
‘Atlas keeps its balance when jostled or pushed and can get up if it tips over.’
To stay upright, Atlas has stereo vision, range sensing and other sensors give Atlas the ability to manipulate objects in its environment and to travel on rough terrain.
According to Boston Dynamics, Atlas is a ‘high mobility, humanoid robot designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain.
‘Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment.
‘In extremely challenging terrain, Atlas is strong and coordinated enough to climb using hands and feet, to pick its way through congested spaces.’
One recent video showed it being pushed over by an employee – and simply getting back up.
Boston Dynamics said the video showed ‘a new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings.
‘It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated,’ the secretive firm said.
‘It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain and help with navigation.
‘This version of Atlas is about 5′ 9″ tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.’
However, the firm released now more details – and the video has no narration.
The video shows the robot walking out of the firm’s office and across a snowy plateau.
While losing its footing several times, it corrects itself and stays upright.
It is also shown moving 10kg boxes with ease in a tight space.
It then faces a more difficult foe – an employee with a hockey stick.
Last year’s Robo-Olympics saw the world’s most advanced robots go head to series in a series of ever more challenging events.
The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) proved that robots still have some way to go before matching the dexterity of a human.
Twenty five of the top robotics organizations in the world were competing for $3.5 million in prizes, and took on a gruelling simulated disaster-response course during the two day contest.
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