“What have you ever been as much as these days, Atlas?” Boston Dynamics asks rhetorically within the description for the video under. The apparent reply: Engaged on a gymnastics routine that’s so dang good, the percentages of getting a participant from (Hail Hail) Robonia within the 2024 Summer season Olympics now appear to be fairly excessive.
The video, posted by Boston Dynamics to YouTube, comes simply three days after the engineering and robotics firm launched a teaser clip of its revised and polished SpotMini. It appears the corporate that was bought by Google’s guardian firm, Alphabet Inc., to Japan’s SoftBank Group earlier this yr has a brand new urge to dazzle. And dazzle this up to date Atlas most actually does.
The Atlas line of humanoid robotic has been evolving at Boston Dynamics for a while now, with an early tethered version seen working via the woods like a targeted horror film villain, and a later smaller and untethered model seen demonstrating an extraordinary level of balance (and calm within the face of being assaulted with a hockey stick). Within the above clip, we’re what seems to be a brand new iteration of Atlas, with just a few beauty/ upgrades, and sure a ton of adjustments beneath the
hood chest piece.
Earlier than Atlas might catch its stability once you pushed it. Now it’s capable of bounce, twist, and backflip prefer it’s attempting out for an element in Cirque du Soleil.
And if you happen to’re pondering that any lame mall show toy can pull off a backflip or the rest Atlas is seen doing within the clip, needless to say this robotic is ready to transfer round freely in its setting as a result of it sees its setting — Atlas uses LiDAR and stereo vision to develop a way of its environment. Whereas the toy on the mall can solely backflip beneath precise circumstances, Atlas can possible decide the place it may or can’t backflip. That is “possible” as a result of though Atlas has demonstrated the power to maneuver autonomously round its setting earlier than, it’s unclear if that applies to those new strikes.
No matter whether or not or not Atlas can solely pull off this routine in a single location or not, this little sequence actually looks as if massive progress in robotic maneuverability. Sufficient to earn some form of medal, anyway.
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Photographs: Boston Dynamics
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