Boston Dynamics Atlas Robot Seen Doing Parkour Freakishly Well

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 13, 2018

It can walk itself and open doors too.

Amid this week's depressing news about looming, climate-change-induced disaster, perhaps we can take solace in the possibility of fast-moving, unstoppable robots getting us first.

Boston Dynamics released a video Thursday of its bipedal Atlas robot, which is created to look like a humanoid.

Granted, the clip is very short and there's not much to look at.

And it does all this without breaking its pace, or any sweat, for that matter.

The company states in the video that it is easy for Atlas robot to navigate 40cm tall platforms.

"The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace", Boston Dynamics wrote in an explanation accompanying the YouTube Video, which has since been viewed almost a million times in one day.

And don't imagine the robot will be some sort of candid butler of the future. The last time we checked in with the company, its SpotMini robot dog was walking autonomously through a "mock" house, while the humanoid Atlas was seen taking a causal stroll through the woods. Atlas' computer vision helps it locate visible markers and find its footing, according to Boston Dynamics.

Atlas is here, and after a somewhat rocky start, the robot is as capable of parkour as a Sylvester Stallone circa the mid-1970s.

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