Atlas is a bipedal robot developed by Boston Dynamics. It was designed to be used in harsh environments, such as construction and research in extreme environments. Atlas is able to walk on uneven ground, lift heavy objects, and maintain balance under external pushes. It has also been used in research applications for the development of walking and motion control algorithms. After a few years it was "updated": it has evolved a lot
Boston Dynamics has released a new demonstration of the capabilities of its humanoid robot Atlas. Now he can do more tricks than before!
Boston Dynamics has released a new demonstration of the capabilities of its humanoid robot Atlas, which is being presented to us as the first robot capable of running and jumping over difficult terrain. Now the robot got hands that make it even closer to a person. He can pick up and throw various items as shown in the video. His limbs consist of fixed and mobile "fingers". Boston Dynamics says Atlas' grips were designed for heavy lifting and were first shown in a Super Bowl 2023 commercial, featuring the robot holding a keg above its head.
In the video, Boston Dynamics' Atlas first takes a plank and places it in the right place, building a makeshift pole. Then the robot takes the tool bag and quickly runs across the scaffolding, after which it throws the bag even higher, where a person is waiting for it. Finally, the robot performs a complex “540-degree multi-axis flip,” as Boston Dynamics calls it. The simple somersaults that Atlas did in the past aren't amazing anymore, are they?
Why is Boston Dynamics Atlas important?
The Atlas robot is important because it represents a major breakthrough in bipedal robot technology. Its ability to walk on uneven terrain and maintain its balance in the presence of external forces makes it ideal for a range of applications including construction, research in extreme environments, logistics and security. Additionally, developing walking and motion control algorithms for Atlas can help create more sophisticated and capable bipedal robots in the future.
Furthermore, Atlas has been used as a research platform for the development of machine learning algorithms, for example for the acquisition of perception and planning capabilities, so as to be able to develop increasingly autonomous robots capable of operating in complex.