Meet Atlas, the agile anthropomorphic robot, which is a humanoid robot designed to navigate and withstand rugged outdoor terrain. Atlas can walk bipedally which allows for it to utilize its arms and hands to lift, carry, and manipulate its environment.
Boston Dynamics designed Atlas to balance like humans do, but they still have a ways to go but the current progress is astonishing. The posted the video below online yesterday which shows what it can do.
Obliviously its currently still tethered for power but they are working on freeing it from wires so it can be completely independent.
“Out in the world is just a totally different challenge than in the lab. You can’t predict what it’s going to be like,” said company founder Marc Raibert. “We’re making pretty good progress on making it so that it has mobility that’s in pretty good shooting range of yours. I’m not saying it can do everything you can do, but you can imagine if we keep pushing we’ll get there.”
The Atlas robot includes 28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of freedom, two hands, arms, legs, feet and a torso. An articulated sensor head includes stereo cameras and a laser range finder. Atlas is powered from an off-board, electric power supply via a flexible tether.