Watch: Boston Dynamics Atlas humanoid turns into a ninjaLast updated on Sep 28, 2019, 01:29 pm
Three years back, Boston Dynamics' Atlas humanoid tumbled while trying to stand on its feet; it couldn't even walk.
Now, after a number of upgrades and tests, the bipedal machine has evolved so much that it can not just walk and run but also perform a gymnastic routine better than the best of us.
Let's take a look at it.
Atlas performing cartwheels and air flips
Just recently, Boston Dynamics released a video showcasing Atlas perform a series of moves that only a professional gymnast can do.
The 80-kg bot started off with a seamless handstand and followed it up with a back and forth cartwheel.
It nailed the action with an incredible level of athleticism and included jump twists and a victorious flying kick in between.
Previously, we've seen Atlas doing backflips, jumping over obstacles
The maneuvers were demonstrated several months ago, but the notable part is how human-like Atlas looks while performing tasks like these.
It uses its body to perform dynamic actions, be it a somersault or backflip, just like a real human.
New algorithm for complex moves
Boston Dynamics claims that Atlas employs a new algorithm that makes it easier to perform complex movements like gymnastic routine.
The system of the machine automatically translates action descriptions into motions that the bot can perform.
So, you just have to say, the bot will understand the request and perform the required action while tracking its limb movement and predicting the next move.
Here's what Boston Dynamics said about the new algorithm
The algorithm transforms each maneuver into motion, Boston Dynamic stated, adding that "Atlas tracks the motions using a model predictive controller that smoothly blends from one maneuver to the next." The approach helped the company develop routines significantly faster than previous Atlas routines.
And, Atlas is not the only bot in development
While Atlas' moves are both interesting and creepy (depending on how you see them), it's worth noting that this is not the only bot being developed by Boston Dynamics.
The SoftBank-owned company is working on a number of robots, including SpotMini, Handle, and Pick.
Notably, they also actuated joints and a compact hydraulic power unit similar to the one used in Atlas.
- Boston Dynamics