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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    • TwoEars
    • 4 years ago

    Damn. That’s some progress they’ve made.

    • One Sick Puppy
    • 4 years ago

    “Sorry hon, the robot is worth more than the kid lost in the woods. On the bright side, in a couple years you’ll be able to 3D print your own… kid.”

      • UberGerbil
      • 4 years ago

      Actually, almost any woman can 3D print her own kid in just nine months.

        • Krogoth
        • 4 years ago

        They need some *ahem* input though……

          • Platedslicer
          • 4 years ago

          That’s the easiest part though, innit?

    • albundy
    • 4 years ago

    you know, one day it will push back. just sayin. hashtag judgementday hashtag selfaware

    • odizzido
    • 4 years ago

    Stop it! You’re breaking his cold heart!

    • FireGryphon
    • 4 years ago

    What happens when the robot gets angry?

      • thedosbox
      • 4 years ago

      Skynet

    • CuttinHobo
    • 4 years ago

    If you listen closely at 2:30 when Atlas is walking out the door, you can hear it muttering about the guy with the hockey stick. And something about “burn this place to the ground.”

      • Peter.Parker
      • 4 years ago

      LOL. +1 (wish it could me more). Office Space is in my top 3 comedies.

        • CuttinHobo
        • 4 years ago

        It’s a favorite of mine, as well. The fact that I have not yet watched it this year indicates to me that it’s been too long. 😀

    • halfline
    • 4 years ago

    Well, humanity had a good run.

      • Krogoth
      • 4 years ago

      Nah, robots are maintenance queens at this point. They only make sense if you need superhuman strength, endurance and dexterity. Otherwise, the operation costs will eat up your bottom line.

      Wage slave labor is much more lucrative for mundane labor at this point. It will remain the case until we manage find a way to make robots much cheaper to build and operate.

    • 223 Fan
    • 4 years ago

    If I get frozen in a vault for 210 years then I bet I can get some cool loot from the Boston Dynamics building in the future. If I can survive against the bots.

      • Wonders
      • 4 years ago

      Lincoln’s Rifle!

    • Tristan
    • 4 years ago

    drunken ?

    • derFunkenstein
    • 4 years ago

    I was hoping for an [url=http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Atlas_(BattleMech)<]Atlas[/url<]. Until I can drive a 100-ton version of these things around and shoot lasers, I'm not impressed.

      • nanoflower
      • 4 years ago

      Robot Battle: Kuratas vs. Megabot | American MegaBot Challenges Japan’s Kuratas Mecha
      [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iofS5OJMewE[/url<] You have to go to Japan for that where they've already built your large size robots. Unfortunately no lasers installed but perhaps that's a do-it-yourself project?

      • Sargent Duck
      • 4 years ago

      I always preferred the [url=http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Dire_Wolf_%28Daishi%29<]Daishi[/url<] myself

        • derFunkenstein
        • 4 years ago

        Well if we’re going by how cool they look, it’s a Madcat for me.

        • odizzido
        • 4 years ago

        Me too. Three LBXAC 20s is way too good to give up.

          • albundy
          • 4 years ago

          I’m a big fan of the clan tech…Ultra AC 20 cannons and PPC. effin formidable! its too bad the atlas overheats quickly.

      • crabjokeman
      • 4 years ago

      You’re not impressed? You can’t use someone else’s catchphrase like that.

        • Aranarth
        • 4 years ago

        He’s related to Krogoth don’t ya know?!

      • UberGerbil
      • 4 years ago

      Like [url=http://i.imgur.com/DexQhY9.jpg<]this[/url<]? The have a [url=https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/megabots/support-team-usa-in-the-giant-robot-duel/description<]kickstarter[/url<].

      • Krogoth
      • 4 years ago

      Pfft, Atlases are overrated.

      Annihilators or bust……..

      • Brainsan
      • 4 years ago

      And instead we get something more like this:
      [url<]https://www.sideshowtoy.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/902059-product-silo.png[/url<]

    • spugm1r3
    • 4 years ago

    I kept waiting for Atlas to backhand the guy that kept knocking the box out of his hands.

    All it takes is one malcontented programmer…

      • crabjokeman
      • 4 years ago

      You’ll have to wait for the Skynet version.

        • UberGerbil
        • 4 years ago

        It’s [url=http://i.imgur.com/EFu5v3J.gif<]on its way[/url<]

        • Brainsan
        • 4 years ago

        No need to wait, it’s already active.
        [url<]http://arstechnica.co.uk/security/2016/02/the-nsas-skynet-program-may-be-killing-thousands-of-innocent-people/[/url<] Seriously, they called it Skynet!

    • Omniman
    • 4 years ago

    I felt bad for the robot when the guy was using the hockey stick on it haha.

      • crabjokeman
      • 4 years ago

      Me too! We should form a group and call it PETB (People for the Ethical Treatment of Bots).

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      Don’t anthropomorphize robots. They HATE it when you do that.

      • Redocbew
      • 4 years ago

      I think it’d be awesome to have a job where I get to poke robots with sticks, but that probably means I’d be one of the first to go when they take over.

    • Dually
    • 4 years ago

    Go home, Atlas. You’re drunk.

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      Once I punched Atlas in the shoulder. He just shrugged.

        • Brainsan
        • 4 years ago

        Needs more thumbs up!

      • crabjokeman
      • 4 years ago

      Atlas walks like he’s been chugging Robitussin all day.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 4 years ago

    All hail our robot overlords! SSK and Chuckula are the subversives you want to question, not me! I welcome your enlightened technocracy and live to serve!

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      Pfftt.. since when is SSK subversive?!?!

        • nanoflower
        • 4 years ago

        HE’S TOO LOUD TO BE SUBVERSIVE. UNLESS THAT’S ALL A BLUFF HIDING HIS REAL PERSONALITY?

      • oldog
      • 4 years ago

      Anyone heard from SSK lately? I kinda miss him and Auxy.

        • Wonders
        • 4 years ago

        [url<]https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=117234[/url<]

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