Boston Dynamics’ humanoid robot Atlas shows off some impressive new skills in a new video released by the Massachusetts-based company.
According to the company, the new movements are inspired by industrial and construction-related tasks and demonstrate the ability to move objects of different sizes and weights.
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With the ability to independently pick up and drop anything it touches, Atlas is closer to people than ever before.
“At first glance, the routine seems a little different from previous videos, a little flashier and more practical. But the new moves represent a natural progression of ongoing research,” said Ben Stephenson, Atlas curator.
Stephens added that they are still “a long way” from two-pedal robots that can safely work alongside humans. “Deception is a broad category, and we still have a lot of work to do,” he said. “But this gives an indication of where the field is going. This is the future of robotics.”
“Atlas’ advanced control system and state-of-the-art hardware give the robot the power and balance to demonstrate human-level agility,” Boston Dynamics said on its website.
Furthermore, if a robot can develop the same range of motion and flexibility as an average adult, the scope of application will be practically limitless, it has already been explained.
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