Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Boston Dynamics has a robot that can run free in nature

Boston Dynamics has a robot that can run free in nature

Yes, you can say that about most displays of Boston Dynamics robots, but this one even more so. Last August, two videos surfaced showing the robot taking a tumble, once on stage when it tripped over a light and again during a shelf-stacking demonstration.

A video posted on YouTube this week shows the humanoid robot running at a fair clip across open land before jumping over a log that it finds in its path.

"Stereo vision, range sensing and other sensors give Atlas the ability to manipulate objects in its environment and to travel on rough terrain".

Boston Dynamics has built a stellar reputation in recent years, designing amazingly capable robots, among them BigDog, WildCat, Handle, SpotMini, and Atlas.

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"Atlas is the latest in a line of advanced humanoid robots we are developing". The four-legged robot SpotMini - can move freely in enclosed spaces without the assistance of an operator, this really was a great achievement in engineering Boston Dynamics.

But wait, Atlas comes across a small obstacle. For us at Pocket-lint, it certainly makes us wish Boston Dynamics would hurry up even more so that each of us could own our own robot at home or in the office.

Boston Dynamics promises viewers that SpotMini isn't being remotely controlled, although it was given a manual run through the area first to map the space.

"SpotMini autonomously navigates a specified route through an office and lab facility".

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