Boston Dynamics refines and abuses its Atlas bipedal robot

Boston Dynamics, maker of capable (and sometimes unsettling) robotic bipeds and quadrupeds, is probably well-known among TR readers for its YouTube videos of those bots in action. Every peek the company offers into its labs is more impressive than the last. This time around, the company is showing off a refined version of its Atlas robot.

We're especially impressed by this robot's squatting prowess and its stability on uneven terrain. It's also pretty amazing to see a bot get completely knocked over and pick itself up without human assistance.

Boston Dynamics says this Atlas uses sensors in its body and legs to maintain balance, along with LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to evaluate its surroundings. The robot measures in at five feet, nine inches tall (1.75 meters) and weighs 180 pounds (81.6 kg). The company doesn't say who the potential clients for this robot might be, but we'd certainly like to hire one to do the vacuuming.

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