Atlas is an anthropomorphic robot designed to operate on rough terrain. The video shows Atlas balancing as it walks on rocky terrain and when pushed from the side. Every so often we get updates on Atlas so one day or another we will just see it walk like Arnold and terminate us all.
With their heavy torsos and skinny legs, two-legged robots are kind of clumsy. If you need proof, check out the blooper reel from this year’s DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), a humanoid-robot competition hosted by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
The Atlas robot was used by several of the finalists who competed in the DRC in June, including the Florida-based team that came in second place and the sixth place team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Though Atlas is a pretty good runner, the bot has room for improvement, according to Marc Raibert, Boston Dynamics’ founder and a former professor at MIT and Carnegie Mellon University. (CMU).
+ Marc Raibert – Founder, Boston Dynamics
Watch the full video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcFOW…
In the video of Atlas running through the woods, Raibert said that Boston Dynamics engineers are working on getting Atlas off its tether, which connects the bot to the power source that keeps its hydraulic system pumping (and the bot moving). The bot’s other power source — a lightweight, lithium-ion battery pack — currently lasts only for about an hour.