Apocalypse Soon? Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot can now run and jump


The robot apocalypse draws ever closer, as Boston Dynamics (the Delos of our time) has now trained their robot Atlas to do parkour. But thanks to advancements in software and processing power, the robot can now use its legs, arms, and torso to drive its jumps and for balancing.

In November 2017, Boston Dynamics shared a video of a dog-like robot washing dishes.

In a new video from robotics experts Boston Dynamics, Atlas is shown hopping over a log before scaling a series of boxes. Atlas has its performance improved a lot since its debut where its ability to march through the woods was shown.

'Atlas uses computer vision to locate itself with respect to visible markers on the approach to hit the terrain accurately'.

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The video is called "Parkour Atlas", in reference to a popular recreational activity among young people.

"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", the company continued. This is something that would have many of us humans huffing and puffing for air. It's able to use its arms to lift, carry, and manipulate objects in its environment.

Boston Dynamics brags that Atlas can leap up stairs 40cm in height without losing any speed.

It can also self-correct its balance if it gets pushed or knocked to avoid falling over.