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Boston Dynamics Atlas robot can grab and throw, just like people can

2023-01-19 14:31 by
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Boston Dynamics just released the latest demo of its humanoid robot, Atlas. The robot could already run and jump over complex terrain thanks to its feet. Now, the robot has hands. These rudimentary grippers give the robot new life. Suddenly, instead of being an agile pack mule, the Atlas becomes something closer to a human, with the ability to pick up and drop off anything it can grab independently.

The video plays out as a work site vignette with a human who's forgotten his tools while up on a high platform. The worker calls for Atlas to fetch his tool bag. The robot gamely builds a bridge, grabs the bag, hops to a higher spot and slings the bag up to its boss. It then performs a gymnastics-style dismount.

In a behind-the-scenes explanation, Boston Dynamics says that while the video may look similiar to past viral hits featuring "parkour" and backflips, Team Lead Scott Kuindersma says now they are focusing on making Atlas useful in the workplace.

"We're not just thinking about how to make the robot move dynamically through its environment, like we did in Parkour and Dance," said Kuindersma. "Now, we're starting to put Atlas to work and think about how the robot should be able to perceive and manipulate objects in its environment."

This is a display of the robot's capabilities, and with further development, it shouldn't be long before such robots can perform real, physically demanding jobs that might be unsafe for humans.

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