Atlas – The Robot That Can Do Parkour

Engineers and scientists at US-based Boston Dynamics have created an advanced humanoid robot that can jump over logs and leap up steps without breaking its pace.

Atlas has a control system, which coordinates the motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation – even allowing it to do parkour.

Battery-powered and employing hydraulics to move, the 1.5m robot can also achieve two-handed mobile manipulation and balance while performing tasks.

Weighing 75kg and with a payload of up to 11kg, Atlas keeps its balance when jostled or pushed and can stand back up if tipped over.

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

Its hardware is produced using 3D printing to save weight and space, resulting in a compact robot with high strength-to-weight ratio.

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Abigail Saltmarsh is a freelance journalist with 25 years’ experience for industry publications (Packaging Europe) and national magazines (The New York Times, International Herald Tribune).

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