Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Atlas Humanoid Robot Can Now Walk over Tricky Terrain

by Conner Flynn
Advertisement

Researchers at the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition have programmed Boston Dynamics’ Atlas humanoid robot to walk over partial footholds thanks to a new balancing algorithm. Essentially this means that it can handle rougher terrain as it chases humans down to put them in human zoos a few years from now.

atlas_robot_1zoom in


Seriously though, the improved balance lets the bipedal robot balance on edges that only make contact with part of its feet. The machine can also take quick steps over footholds that only make a single point of contact. This is a big step for the robot. Pun intended.

This could be great for sending the robot into disaster areas or just really rough terrain. On the other hand, if it keeps learning tricks like this there will be no escaping this robot for future humans.

[via Laughing Squid]



Making an Animatronic Elmo

Making an Animatronic Elmo

Negative Harmony Covers

Negative Harmony Covers

Nextool TaoBar

Nextool TaoBar

Advertisement
Concepts from Future Past: 1979 Colani Sea Ranger

Concepts from Future Past: 1979 Colani Sea Ranger

Lexus LC 500 Convertible #1 Going up for Charity Auction

Lexus LC 500 Convertible #1 Going up for Charity Auction

Ferris Bueller Ferrari Sells for $400K

Ferris Bueller Ferrari Sells for $400K

Advertisement