It is difficult to say what all this means for our future, but it is likely that in the next few years, the working relationship between humans and machines will become closer.
The development of these technologies is likely to be beneficial to mankind. Robots can increasingly take on tasks that are too dangerous or difficult for humans and become our best friends on earth.
Boston dynamic robot shocks backflip
This video shows the Atlas robot’s ability to jump and rotate between boxes of different heights. It finally comes with a perfect backflip and raises its hands to celebrate. Maybe Simon Byers, the young gymnastics queen, will be envious! In the previous Atlas video released by Boston Dynamics, the robot looked a bit clumsy and unstable, but today, he jumps, turns, and backflips between boxes very steadily, and his actions look completely the same as humans.
Although there are other robots that have achieved backflips, the Boston-powered biped robot Atlas has never done a backflip. To emphasize this achievement, Boston Dynamics repeated two backflips in slow motion in this 55-second video. I remember seeing that in the end, Atlas came to “pounce on the street”. He completely forgot the process of landing and threw down the box in front of him. Don’t worry about the robot revolution coming soon, even robots need to practice!
The first and second-generation Atlas robots
Atlas robot is a biped humanoid robot, mainly developed by Boston Dynamics, and initially funded and supervised by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the US Department of Defense. This 6.2-foot (1.9-meter) tall robot is designed for various search and rescue missions and debuted to the public on July 11, 2013.
The first generation Atlas robot
The Atlas robot is based on Boston Dynamics’ early PETMAN humanoid robot, with four hydraulically driven limbs. The first-generation Atlas robot is constructed of aviation-grade aluminum and titanium. It is about 1.8 meters tall and weighs 150 kg. It uses blue LED lighting and requires an external power supply.
The most amazing thing about the Atlas robot is that it is good at walking and climbing on rugged terrain, including uneven gravel, snow, etc. It can maintain balance, walk fast, carry boxes, and even climb up by itself after being kicked. , And its learning to walk and its ecology are surprisingly similar to humans. He is known as the “Atlas”.
On February 23, 2016, Boston Dynamics released a video of a new version of the Atlas robot on YouTube, which immediately caused a sensation. Only the original YouTube video has been viewed 24 million times. The new version of the Atlas robot is designed for operation outdoors and inside buildings. It is specially used for mobile maneuvering and is very good at walking on a wide range of terrain, including snow. It is driven by electric and hydraulic pressure, uses sensors on the body and legs to maintain balance, and uses optical radar and stereo sensors on its head to avoid obstacles, evaluate the terrain, help navigate and manipulate objects, even when they are moving. The second-generation Atlas robot is 1.9 meters tall and weighs only 82 kilograms. Its appearance is not as hideous as the original version, and it is powered by a built-in battery and no longer needs external wires for power.
What’s more impressive about the second-generation Altas robot is the improvement of various capabilities. In the video, it shows the ability to traverse in snowy hills and can walk freely on rugged and snow-covered slopes. And its balance ability is also amazing. It can still maintain its posture even when it is slipped or even kicked. Even if it is kicked to the ground, it will get up again! Also, thanks to the laser radar and stereo sensors, as well as indoor and outdoor positioning capabilities, Altas has been able to conduct self-navigation indoors and outdoors. As can be seen from the video, Altas’s target search and recognition capabilities are also very powerful. The tester repeatedly kicked the box to be lifted. Altas could quickly locate the box and perform the action of lifting heavy objects.
Boston Dynamics is lucky enough to meet the strongest taker SoftBank
Boston Dynamics was acquired by Alphabet in 2013, and other small robotics companies were also acquired by the technology giant. But in June 2017, Google sold Boston Dynamics and another robotics company Schaft to SoftBank Group. The specific acquisition agreement was not disclosed. Under the leadership of Alphabet’s new CFO Ruth Porat, robotics has always been seen as an opportunity to cut costs.
In 2015, several academic research teams used Atlas robots to participate in the DARPA Robotics Challenge.
Boston Dynamics has been posting videos on YouTube to disclose its latest technology, and every new video announcement will cause a great sensation. This is the first time Boston Dynamics has revealed its ongoing work since it was acquired by SoftBank Group in June this year. Compared with the original SpotMini robot, the appearance of this new robot has been greatly changed. The four legs and body are covered with bright yellow plates, which makes it look less weird. In the video, the new version of the SpotMini robot performed familiar dressage on the green lawn, stared at the camera for a while, and then briskly walked behind the wall.