Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robots are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of robotics when it comes to physical abilities. These machines have already mastered the art of parkour and gymnastics, but recent upgrades have added new skills that make them even more human-like than before.
In 2021, we were amazed by Atlas as it effortlessly navigated a challenging parkour course with stubby appendages for hands. However, the latest version of Atlas, showcased in a video released by Boston Dynamics, has taken things to the next level. The robot now boasts grippers and an impressive sense of showmanship that is sure to leave onlookers in awe.
The video depicts a realistic work site scenario where a human worker forgets his tools on a high platform and calls for Atlas to fetch his tool bag. The robot, with impressive dexterity and intelligence, skillfully constructs a bridge, grabs the tool bag, hops to a higher spot, and effortlessly tosses the bag to its boss. It then performs a gymnastics-style dismount that is nothing short of impressive.
This video is not just a demonstration of the robot’s physical abilities, but also of its ability to alter its environment, accurately toss a heavy object, and complete a task using pincher-style hand grippers. A behind-the-scenes video provides a glimpse into how the robot perceives and manipulates objects, highlighting the advancements in technology that have made this possible.
It’s hard to believe that less than a decade ago, an early version of Atlas was described as “terrible at karate.” Boston Dynamics uses Atlas as a test bed to try out new technologies and capabilities, and it’s clear that the company has come a long way in that time.
Another well-known humanoid robot is the AI-focused Tesla Optimus robot, which is vastly different from Atlas and is in an earlier stage of development. Therefore, don’t expect any Atlas-Optimus face-offs in the near future. Both machines demonstrate humanity’s progress towards the sci-fi dream of creating robots in our own image.
As we continue to see advancements in robotics technology, it’s exciting to think about the possibilities of what the future holds. The Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics is leading the way in the world of humanoid robots and its capabilities are nothing short of impressive.