September 27, 2020

Boston Dynamics Atlas Robot Gymnasts

Boston Dynamics Atlas Robot Gymnasts

The dexterous two-legged Atlas robot can now perform a handstand, tumbling and turning around its axis in a jump.

When doing Atlas gymnastic exercisesIt uses its entire body and 28 hydraulic connections. To achieve the optimal ratio of mass and structural strength, engineers used 3D-printed parts.

Boston Dynamics claims that new algorithms have been used to optimize agility and improve dexterity, optimizing each maneuver to a reference model. In the process of their implementation, the integrated forecasting system provides a smooth transition from one exercise to another. These innovations have increased efficiency by about 80%.

The company also posted a new video withSpot's assistant robot, which offers some options for its commercial use, while reporting on improvements and development of new hardware modules. For example, he will be able to detect a gas leak, monitor the construction site or production site, act as a wireless transmitter or help transfer a small load.

Although Atlas never ceases to amaze with its tricks,but so far his parkour is not finding practical use. However, the less dexterous Pepper robots from Softbank already work in airports, banks, universities and grocery stores, and next year a cafe will open in Tokyo in which they will serve customers.

text: Ilya Bauer, photo and video: YouTube / Boston Dynamics