Backflipping robots

Image credit: Boston Dynamics

On 16 November, US robotics company Boston Dynamics uploaded a video to YouTube of its humanoid robot Atlas doing a backflip.

Weighing in at 75kg and standing 1.5m tall, Atlas – billed by its creators as ‘The World's Most Dynamic Humanoid’ – is the latest (and most advanced) in a line of advanced humanoid robots being developed by Boston Dynamics, which began as a spin-off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

According to the Boston Dynamics website, Atlas has an 11kg payload capacity and uses Lidar and stereovision to navigate its environment and to traverse rough terrain. Taking advantage of 3D printing to develop small, lightweight components, the company has built a compact robot with high strength-to-weight ratio and a dramatically large workspace. Atlas is also able to keep its balance when jostled or pushed, and can even get back up if it is knocked over.

What's new, Atlas?

Watch the Boston Dynamic’s Atlas takes on a task that not even all people can manage – backflips.
Video credit: Boston Dynamics

22 Nov 2017


By Robyn Grimsley
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