Don’t say we didn’t warn you about the impending robot apocalypse. One of the most terrifying robots on the horizon has to be Boston Dynamics‘ ATLAS robot. Terrifying because they are teaching this thing to do all kinds of new tricks.
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.
Seriously though, the improved balance lets the bipedal robot balance on edges that only make contact with part of its feet.
Despite years of trying, humanoid robots still have problems staying upright, especially in unusual situations, but they are making some progress. Check out this video showing Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot balancing on one foot on the edge of a plywood board about 0.8
We’ve seen what Boston Dynamics ATLAS robot can do. It’s an impressive piece of engineering. Surely a milestone on the journey to humanity’s ultimate destruction. But what would ATLAS say if we could hear his thoughts?
Boston Dynamics has released a video demonstrating a new upgraded version of its upright walking ATLAS robot. It’s still scary as hell and marches us one step closer to a robot controlled Earth. Watch as it leaves the robot facility all on it’s own and opens the door to go outside – without human permission.
In this new video, we see Boston Dynamics’ imposing, but capable Atlas Robot doing a bit of house cleaning. It’s about time robots did something useful, instead of just learning new ways to kill us. Or at least after they do us in, they will be able to clean up and hide the evidence.
The video demonstrates the bipedal robot’s whole-body coordinated motion, which uses a control algorithm developed by the Robotics Lab at the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC).
Remember the famous crane kick from The Karate Kid movie? Well, check out this robot’s pose. It took Ralph Macchio a while to get it right, but the guys at Boston Dynamics have trained this robot to be a karate champion – and he probably picked it up much faster than Macchio.