Boston Dynamics Has Created The Most Human Humanoid Robot Yet
Boston Dynamics just released another incredible video featuring its latest version of the humanoid robot, ATLAS that was initially developed for the DARPA Robotics Challenge. The company says this version is the “next generation” of their humanoid, but the technological leap they have made is far from incremental.
Boston Dynamics, the Google-owned company that is famous for creating Big Dog, robot cheetahs and the ATLAS humanoid robot has released a new version of their bipedal marvel. Designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings, the latest version of ATLAS is specialized for mobile manipulation.
Unlike its much heavier, noisier and slower tethered big brother, this incredibly upgraded model of ATLAS 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, help with navigation and manipulate objects.
This version of Atlas weighs 180 lbs and is about 5′ 9″ tall, which is about a head shorter than the version of the robot that was used by many teams at last year’s DARPA Robotics Challenge.
In the video below, you can watch ATLAS walk through snowy woods untethered, practice at getting a warehouse job, take abuse from a hockey stick wielding boss (that probably won’t end well…) pick itself off the floor, and walk out of the Boston Dynamics facility.
Seriously, the gulf between the robots featured in contemporary science fiction like Chappie and the stuff coming out of Boston Dynamics does not seem that far apart anymore. It is amazing how far the robot has been developed in the past three years!
What do you guys think? Are these scientists going too far or do these robots will be the best thing that happened to us? Please write your opinion down in the comment section.