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Watch Boston Dynamics' Humanoid Robot Do a Backflip

Watch Boston Dynamics' Humanoid Robot Do a Backflip Watch Boston Dynamics' Humanoid Robot Do a Backflip
Conrad Doyle | 17 November, 2017, 19:17

Robotics company Boston Dynamics has released footage of its humanoid Atlas robot successfully completing a back flip. The development of the robot has been ongoing since 2013.

"It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LiDAR [Light Detection And Ranging] and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain, help with navigation and manipulate objects", the company said. The agile machine mustn't have landed it the first time, though; the outtake at the end shows Atlas tumbling headfirst into a box after hitting the ground.

A robot that can do things that the average human can't?

Boston Dynamics did not respond to multiple requests for comment
Boston Dynamics did not respond to multiple requests for comment

Boston Dynamics said this new version of Atlas, which is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated, is created to operate outdoors and inside buildings, meaning it could be utilized in scenarios that are risky for humans.

Its other projects include Spot, a dog-like robot; Handle, a robot with legs and wheels, which can pick up heavy loads and manoeuvre over tough terrain; and WildCat, the world's fastest robot on four legs. Scientists are developing artificial intelligence, and self-motivated.

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