Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot weighs 330 pounds, but it can now balance on one leg

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Mat Smith
November 12th, 2014
Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot weighs 330 pounds, but it can now balance on one leg

Atlas is back. While the robot itself may be from Google-owned Boston Dynamics, the balance algorithm is from IHMC (Institute for Human and Machine Cognition) who's worked with the robotics company to get the six foot two biped walking better. IHMC has a strong track record in DARPA's Robotics Challenge, coming first in computer simulations and second in real-life field trials. The next challenge comes in 2015, with more advanced trials in the summer. Turn down your speakers, then jump after the break to se a pile of motors and metal balance atop a few cinder blocks and flap its arms. There may be a beauty to its motions, but it certainly ain't a quiet beauty. Again: mute the sound.

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