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Boston Dynamics' Fully Electric Atlas Robot Looks Cool But A Little Possessed

Innovation is terrifying.

Boston Dynamics is known for its advanced robots developed to do human tasks. The company is moving to another level with the introduction of a fully electric Atlas robot designed for real-world applications, which now replaces its hydraulic sibling. Boston Dynamics showed it in action, and it's everything and nothing like you thought it would be.

This new Atlas reminds me of a hairdryer with a human-like body but also a terrifying creature from horror movies – all thanks to its bizarre movement. When it stands up and turns around, it looks like it needs exorcism. It is no doubt more effective than what we, puny humans, do, but it looks a bit eerie.

However it appears, I'm sure Atlas is an important step in robotics and will be extremely useful in a variety of fields. 

Image credit: Boston Dynamics

"The electric version of Atlas will be stronger, with a broader range of motion than any of our previous generations. For example, our last generation hydraulic Atlas (HD Atlas) could already lift and maneuver a wide variety of heavy, irregular objects; we are continuing to build on those existing capabilities and are exploring several new gripper variations to meet a diverse set of expected manipulation needs in customer environments."

This Atlas has new AI and machine learning tools, including reinforcement learning and computer vision, so it can adapt to complex real-world situations. Its owners will be able to manage their robots, site maps, and digital transformation data with the company's Orbit software, which is now available for the robot dog Spot and will spread to Stretch and Atlas later.

Boston Dynamics says that "scaled autonomous mobile robot deployments are part of the broader digital transformation ecosystem." Companies like Hyundai are planning to use its platform to build the next generation of automotive manufacturing capabilities.

Image credit: Boston Dynamics

If Boston Dynamics integrates ChatGPT into Atlas, as it did with Spot, robot interactions will evolve even more. Perhaps fully humanoid robots are not a far-away fantasy after all. But first engineers need to do something with that creepy movement.

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  • Vural Sinan

    It eerily reminds me of the robot AMEE from the movie Red Planet... A YouTube search will be enough...


    Vural Sinan

    ·a month ago·

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