Google’s robotics arm has released an amazing video of a new version of its humanoid Atlas robot. The video shows the robot opening doors, picking up boxes and taking an human-like stroll in the woods.
Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated.
To avoid obstacles assess the terrain and help with navigation, the Atlas has sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head. It’s 5′ 9″ tall and weighs 180 lbs.
There are more interesting facts about the robot, Atlas can correct itself and stay upright. It capable moving 10kg boxes with ease in a tight space. Unlike other robots, this version of Atlas is running on battery.
The Atlas’s spinning head is home to the sensors that enable the semi-autonomous nature of the robot.
The robot can pick itself up off the floor while one Boston Dynamics employees shoving and knocking over the robot.
Google acquired Boston Dynamics in 2013 along with seven other robotics companies that year as part of the company’s so-called “moonshot” ventures.