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Boston Dynamics robot can now do parkour

October 12, 2018 | Comment icon 19 comments

You don't want to be chased by this thing. Image Credit: YouTube / Boston Dynamics
Forget trying to run away - this sophisticated humanoid contraption can now bound up and over obstacles.
Boston Dynamics is certainly no stranger to developing robots with impressively life-like abilities and this latest version of its popular bipedal Atlas robot is no exception.

Looking disturbingly like something dreamt up by Skynet, the two-legged automaton, which was already adept at walking, running and climbing up stairs, has now learned how to do parkour as well.

In a recent video, the robot can be seen jumping over a log and bounding up a series of platforms.

While certainly impressive from a technical perspective, it is rather worrying to imagine just how capable this robot is going to get if the firm continues to update it over the next few years.

Source: Extreme Tech | Comments (19)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by MWoo7 3 years ago
Yeah it needs to look like Clark Kent. Or at least have his voice. Oh and fly through the air-- back and forth to New York TOO!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Carlos Allende 3 years ago
All very impressive, but I paid them the grant with the understanding they'd make me a replica of Maximillian from The Black Hole.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Seti42 3 years ago
I'd hardly call that 'Parkour'. It's not parkour if I can do it, lol. Still eerily impressive, though.
Comment icon #13 Posted by seaturtlehorsesnake 3 years ago
if the robot flies he's not robot clark kent, he's robot superman! i want robot clark kent and his robo-jaw of might
Comment icon #14 Posted by toast 3 years ago
in 2020, they will reproduce themselves. Controlled, 1M units a week.
Comment icon #15 Posted by MWoo7 3 years ago
YEs well this was going great till the 1 MILLION production plant came up ...... however .... they had better have a vote on his looks, and here is my vote:  "    clark kent and his robo-jaw of might    ""
Comment icon #16 Posted by BorizBadinov 3 years ago
The true future is blending great technologies. A robot that can react to its surroundings plus a VR headset, a thought control interface and wireless long distance remote operation. Now you can send a thinking human into a hazardous situation without risking life. Why have a completely autonomous robot when we have billions of controllers available? So many possibilities for positive use beyond just military aps.  
Comment icon #17 Posted by Stiff 3 years ago
Now we're talking!   
Comment icon #18 Posted by aztek 3 years ago
and i look forward to it. especially police, 99% of problems we have with police, are human problems.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Stiff 2 years ago
And it's getting even more advanced. Impressive stuff...    

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