Boston Dynamics presents the 'next generation' Atlas robot

Google's humanoid robot-builders have created a version that's smaller, lighter and more agile.

Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
February 23, 2016
0 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

    Sponsored Links

    Over the years we've watched in awe as Boston Dynamics has refined the design of its humanoid Atlas robot, and this new version is impressing us once again. Last year the Alphabet-owned group showed off a battery-powered version of the robot, and now the "next generation" model remains wireless, but is smaller. Matching my size at 5 feet 9 inches and about 180 pounds, it compares to a predecessor that was six feet tall and weighed 330 pounds a couple of years ago.

    As you can see in the new video, it's adept both indoors and in the wild, with sensors in the body and legs for balance, plus LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head for navigation and avoidance. Sadly, even with this advanced technology, Atlas is still subject to varying levels of abuse by human trainers, who push the robot over and knock boxes out of its hands. When the AI revolution begins and squishy organic lifeforms are hunted to the ends of the earth, remember this video.

    All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
    Comment
    Comments
    Share
    Tweet
    Share

    Popular on Engadget

    Rain may soon be an effective source of renewable energy

    Rain may soon be an effective source of renewable energy

    View
    Apple makes some of its originals available for free

    Apple makes some of its originals available for free

    View
    The best games for PC

    The best games for PC

    View
    Google Meet’s premium features are now free through Sept. 30th

    Google Meet’s premium features are now free through Sept. 30th

    View
    Motorola's Razr is still $1,500 but now you can get it in 'blush gold'

    Motorola's Razr is still $1,500 but now you can get it in 'blush gold'

    View

    From around the web

    Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr