Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
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This human-like robot can now perform parkour

This human-like robot can now perform parkour

However, in this video, we first see Atlas perform another hop over a log.

Yesterday, (Oct. 11) robotics company Boston Dynamics posted a new video on YouTube showcasing the robot's latest progress, carrying it past its prior agility goals in leaps and bounds - literally.

I, for one, am bitter.

In the video description, Boston Dynamics describes the software that is turning Atlas the Robot into an American Ninja Warrior.


Atlas uses computer vision to locate its position in relation to objects, allowing it to approach and hit, or avoid, obstacles with accuracy.

But what function will Atlas actually serve, other than replacing Matt Damon in future Jason Bourne movies?

Earlier this year, the SoftBank-owned outfit taunted us with a clip of its SpotMini robot opening a door with its claw-like arm (positioned where the head should be, for extra nightmare points.) Then it showed us Atlas, its more humanoid-ish creation, going for a jog. Atlas' control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace. And now, in a horrifying twist, not even rooftops can save us, as Boston's robots are learning parkour.

Boston Dynamics claims that 'in extremely challenging terrain, Atlas is strong and coordinated enough to climb using hands and feet, to pick its way through congested spaces'.

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