Boston Dyanmics has developed 'Atlas' as a successor to their already impressive PetMan robot.
The bipedal hydraulic-powered machine possesses superior strength and dexterity over previous models and is capable of keeping its balance when confronted with uneven terrain or after being hit by a heavy weight. To help control the robot, the Pentagon is holding a contest to see who can develop software enabling Atlas to do everything from walking across a rubble-strewn field to driving a car.
"Two weeks ago 19 brave firefighters lost their lives," said program manager Gill Pratt. "A number of us who are in the robotics field see these events in the news, and the thing that touches us very deeply is a single kind of feeling which is, can't we do better ?"
"At 6'2" and 330 pounds, DARPA and Boston Dynamics' latest robot, Atlas, is arguably their most imposing humanoid yet."
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