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Title    Boston Dynamics' Atlas Can Now Backflip
Date    Saturday November 18 2017, @11:59PM
Author    janrinok
Topic   
from the fortunately-skynet-isn't-self-aware-yet dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/11/18/1321235

FatPhil writes:

Atlas, the hulking humanoid robot from Boston Dynamics, now does backflips.

To be clear: Humanoids aren't supposed to be able to do this. It's extremely difficult to make a bipedal robot that can move effectively, much less kick off a tumbling routine. The beauty of four-legged robots is that they balance easily, both at rest and as they're moving, but bipeds like Atlas have to balance a bulky upper body on just two legs. Accordingly, you could argue that roboticists can better spend their time on non-human forms that are easier to master.

But there's a case to be made for Atlas and the other bipeds like Cassie (which walks more like a bird than a human). We live in a world built for humans, so there may be situations where you want to deploy a robot that works like a human. If you have to explore a contaminated nuclear facility, for instance, you'll want something that can climb stairs and ladders, and turn valves. So a humanoid may be the way to go.

Source: https://techxplore.com/news/2017-11-atlas-robot-backflip.html

Also: https://www.wired.com/story/atlas-robot-does-backflips-now/

takyon: Don't forget the new SpotMini as seen at The Verge, Quartz, and Popular Mechanics. Even Ethanol-fueled couldn't stop it.


Original Submission #1   Original Submission #2

Links

  1. "FatPhil" - mailto:pc-soylentNO@SPAMasdf.fi
  2. "The Verge" - https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/13/16645762/boston-dynamics-spotmini-robot-dog-less-terrifying-wtf
  3. "Quartz" - https://qz.com/1128469/softbanks-boston-dynamics-has-a-new-creepy-dog-like-robot-called-spotmini/
  4. "Popular Mechanics" - http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/robots/news/a29016/boston-dynamics-reveals-new-robot-dog-spotmini/
  5. "Original Submission #1" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=23387
  6. "Original Submission #2" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=23320

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