The last time we saw Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot, it was lifting boxes and being shoved around, a demonstration of its increasingly strong balancing technologies. In the video above, Atlas shows off its stunning jumping skills.
The Atlas hardware takes advantage of 3D printing to save weight and space, resulting in a remarkable compact robot with high strength-to-weight ratio and a dramatically large workspace. Stereo vision, range sensing and other sensors give Atlas the ability to manipulate objects in its environment and to travel on rough terrain. Atlas keeps its balance when jostled or pushed and can get up if it tips over.
And it can perform backflips… sometimes. Watch the video until the end to confirm that even robots need practice (and technical adjustments).Next: Quadruple backflip by a robot gymnast and the word ‘Robot’ from Mysteries of Vernacular.