Atlas Robot Demonstrates New Abilities

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The robotics company Boston Dynamics recently released a new video clip of its humanoid robot Atlas preforming an impressive skillset of human like movements, including a 180 degree jump and a 540 degree backflip.

The video shows Atlas first taking a wooden plank, doing a 180-degree jump while holding it, and placing it to bridge the stairs and the scaffolding. It then struts to collect the tool bag.

Clutching the bag, Atlas climbs the stairs, passes the bridge, and jumps between different levels of the scaffolding before tossing it over to the worker above. It then pushes a large block of wood out of its way and finishes the task with a 540-degree backflip, earning itself a “showoff” title.

“We’re layering on new capabilities,” Ben Stephens, Atlas controls lead, said in a Boston Dynamics blog post.

“It’s important to us that the robot can perform these tasks with a certain amount of human speed. People are very good at these tasks, so that has required some pretty big upgrades to the control software,” Stephens noted.

“Manipulation is a broad category, and we still have a lot of work to do,” Stephens said. “But this gives a sneak peek at where the field is going. This is the future of robotics.”

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