Boston Dynmics Atlas Is Up and Running

Friday, May 11, 2018

Boston Dynmics Atlas Is Up and Running

⯀ Boston Dynamics has released two new videos featuring the Atlas humanoid robot, and the dog-inspired SpotMini. In each video the robots autonomously navigate through complex environments, and simultaneously bring sci fi dreams to life.

It seems like clockwork that every few months the robotics developers at Boston Dynamics will release a video or two that become instant viral sensations. Yesterday was one of those days.

In the first video, the humanoid robot, Atlas can be seen jogging outside, unteathered. The robot seems almost comfortable as it saunters over a grassy yard. Atlas' control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation and balancing. This is an impressive feat of mechanical engineering and artificial intelligence.

Boston Dynmics Atlas Is Up and Running

Atlas is next shown encountering an obstacle in the form of a log on the ground. The robot leaps over the log effortlessly. Compared to the back flip the robot is capable of, this seems a bit simple, although it is outdoors, in a much less controlled environment.

Boston Dynmics Atlas

The company also put out another video featuring the SpotMini dog robot autonomously walking through the Boston Dynamics facility.

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In the video, SpotMini autonomously navigates a specified route through the large facility. According to the developers, before the test, the robot is manually driven through the space so it can build a map of the space using visual data from cameras mounted on the front, back and sides of the robot.

During the autonomous run, SpotMini uses data from the cameras to localize itself in the map and to detect and avoid obstacles. Once the operator presses "Go," the robot is on its own. The total walk time for this route is just over six minutes.

SOURCE  Boston Dynamics

By  33rd Square