Boston Dynamics' New Atlas Robot Stands On Its Own After Being Bullied

Posted: Feb 24 2016, 9:54am CST | by , Updated: Feb 24 2016, 10:14pm CST, in News | Latest Science News


Boston Dynamics' New Atlas Robot Stand on its Own after Being Bullied
Credit: Boston Dynamics

The new version of Atlas robot can walk across the difficult terrain with ease and can withstand the brutal knock by a man.

Boston Dynamics has introduced the new version of its humanoid robot Atlas.

In the recently released video, the robot is seen walking across difficult terrain, picking up weight and getting beat up by a man. Despite being brutally bullied, the robot stands up on its own and passes through the door with no sign of damage.

The robot is an upgrade version of ATLAS robot that was primarily designed for participating in DARPA Robotics Challenge. The company Boston Dynamics is calling it the “next generation” of ATLAS robots. 

“A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain and help with navigation.” The engineering and robotics design company said in a statement.

The new version of Atlas is smaller and lighter than its predecessor. It’s about 5.9 feet tall and weighs about 180 pounds compared to 6.2 feet and 345 pounds of the first version. 

The video shows robot trudging through the snow. It slipped off the surface several times but continued to stays upright and walk. Then, it lifted 10kg boxes with ease and lastly the robot was knocked down by an employee with a hockey stick. But it remained unharmed.

“It’s definitely kind of jaw dropping. It definitely triggered the uncanny valley response.” Ken Goldberg robotics professor at UC Berkeley told Wired.

“When something sudden and fairly impactful happens to the robot, we call that an impulse and that’s very difficult for a system to respond to.”

These new robots have implications for search-and-rescue operations in those places that are unsafe for humans.

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