Boston Dynamics New Humanoid Robot, Atlas

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doctor-1193318_960_720The video below shows Atlas walking, opening a door, maintaining its balance while it walks through snow and semi-rough terrain, squat and pick up 10-pound boxes and much more. And it does everything without a tether. The new version is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. 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.

At one point in the video, to demonstrate how intelligent Atlas is, as he tries to pick up a box, the box is forcefully removed from his grasp by hitting it with a hockey stick and the box is pushed away a few feet from him, but Atlas still walks to the box and picks it up to complete his task. To demonstrate Atlas ability to stand up, he is pushed from behind and made to fall to the ground, he manages to position his robotic limbs and stands up without assistance.

Boston Dynamics: Atlas, The Next Generation

 

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