Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot learns parkour

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot learns parkour

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot learns parkour

The company states in the video that it is easy for Atlas robot to navigate 40cm tall platforms. Atlas' computer vision helps it locate visible markers and find its footing, according to Boston Dynamics.

Earlier this year, the SoftBank-owned outfit taunted us with a clip of its SpotMini robot opening a door with its claw-like arm (positioned where the head should be, for extra nightmare points.) Then it showed us Atlas, its more humanoid-ish creation, going for a jog. Atlas has its performance improved a lot since its debut where its ability to march through the woods was shown.

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"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", said Boston Dynamics.

The video is called "Parkour Atlas", in reference to a popular recreational activity among young people. We can have our best, our strongest, and our fastest square off against robots like Atlas.

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Since it was first revealed to the public back in 2013, Atlas has continued to gain more skills - blowing past milestones as it becomes eerily more human-like.

Boston Dynamics is also working on at least eight other robots, including Handle (which can use both legs and wheels), Spot (a four-legged dog-like robot which can traverse hard terrain), and Sand Flea (a small RC car-style robot which can jump onto the roofs of buildings).

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Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech.

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