Two years in the past, Boston Dynamics’ humanoid robot Atlas needed a big ol’ safety tether to shuffle its method down a flat climbing path. Five years in the past it wanted a big, bolted-down support structure to stay itself upright.
Now it’s casually jumping up and over stumbling blocks that would depart multiple people huffing and puffing.
The corporate demonstrated Atlas’ newly discovered hops in a video printed this morning:
It begins with a lil’ leap over a log before Atlas bounds its method proper up a suite of 40 cm (1.three feet) steps.
While just getting a massive, heavy robot to stroll on 2 ft is a feat few firms have cracked, there’s a complete set of recent demanding situations at play right here. Getting Atlas’ limbs up and over the step, whilst accurately transferring the load and momentum onto 1 foot with out the entire thing face-planting… it’s a sophisticated set of mechanics. Notice the sideways leaps, and — in particular within the sluggish movement lower on the 9-second mark — the way in which the hips/ft appear to attitude a little bit to compensate.
(For the curious: Atlas weighs round 180 lbs, as of the closing time Boston Dynamics disclosed the numbers.)
At this level, we’ve long gone from “Haha, neat, look at the funny robot running like a human,” to “I’m pretty sure that robot could beat me up.”
Wondering what the corporate is up to right here? We talked with Boston Dynamics’ founder Marc Raibert in regards to the hows and whys a couple of months again at our robotics tournament in Berkeley. The video is beneath: