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Video: Atlas robots do parkour and backflips

By T.K. Randall
August 18, 2021 · Comment icon 17 comments

Robots are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Image Credit: YouTube / Boston Dynamics
Two of Boston Dynamics' human-like Atlas robots have recently demonstrated their impressive parkour skills.
If there's one company that has continued to impress over the last few years, it's Boston Dynamics - the brains behind some of the most lifelike and capable robots the world has ever seen.

The company's Atlas robot is particularly impressive thanks to its humanoid design, impeccable balance and surprisingly athletic flexibility.

Now the firm has taken things one step further by creating a new video showing two of its Atlas robots not only climbing stairs, but also jumping, doing parkour and backflipping from one platform to another.
"Parkour is the perfect sandbox for the Atlas team at Boston Dynamics to experiment with new behaviors," the company writes. "In this video our humanoid robots demonstrate their whole-body athletics, maintaining its balance through a variety of rapidly changing, high-energy activities."

"Through jumps, balance beams, and vaults, we demonstrate how we push Atlas to its limits to discover the next generation of mobility, perception, and athletic intelligence."

You can check out the video for yourself below.

Source: Sky News | Comments (17)

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Comment icon #8 Posted by joc 3 years ago
I've been following Atlas for years.  That video should scare the hell out of everyone.  Imagine if you would, Atlas weaponized!  I would imagine the batteries last longer than you can run...and I'll wager you cannot run as fast as Atlas it doesn't really matter.  I can also imagine when the beep beep low battery icon appears...Atlas pulls out one of several charged battery packs and inserts it without missing a step.   That isn't reality yet is just a matter of time.  Also...Atlas on Mars.  Also...Atlas takes on the the Drug Cartels.  Atlas and the Taliban.  Atl... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Orphalesion 3 years ago
I liked the dancing for last new year's better, still very impressive, though.  Can't get over the fact that those heavy looking robots can jump. 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Seti42 3 years ago
Unless Atlas was programmed to be a bigot, I'd rather see it replacing the US police force than what we mostly have now. Of course Atlas will be/has been weaponized...But it isn't there yet, and AI isn't anywhere near there yet either. AI today is like VR in 1993. It's hyped, for sure. But it's a nothingburger. For now.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Loc-Nar 3 years ago
very convincing CGI as always from boston dynanics...
Comment icon #12 Posted by toast 3 years ago
I`ve heard a rumor that they are working on a spelling robot as well.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Loc-Nar 3 years ago
it's not nice to pick on the mentally handicapped you know
Comment icon #14 Posted by toast 3 years ago
But its comfortable
Comment icon #15 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 3 years ago
Depends.  How long can a human go without food and water? Ahhhh!  :-)
Comment icon #16 Posted by Golden Duck 3 years ago
I don't reckon Atlas can run that far at all...
Comment icon #17 Posted by Ernest 3 years ago
The singularity might come sooner than we think..

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