The Impressive Atlas Robot
Only the NASA Robonaut previously offered a robot with claws similar to those of a hand. Boston Dynamics presents the latest version of its humanoid robot, the very impressive Atlas Robot. Atlas now incorporates claws capable of catching and throwing objects
The robot could already run and jump over complex terrain. These rudimentary claws give new perspectives to the robot and give it more agility to perform precision actions. The claw-shaped gripper is composed of a fixed finger and a movable finger. It was also designed to lift heavy loads.
Boston Dynamics presents its latest prototype in a construction site scene. The robot is able to move boards and bags. Videos released on January 18, 2023 show him lifting construction lumber and a nylon tool bag before building a bridge with the plank and jumping on scaffolding. Atlas finishes on a high note with the completion of a 540 degree inverted flip.
What is Atlas Robot?
Atlas Robot is a bipedal humanoid robot developed primarily by the American robotics company Boston Dynamics, with funding and oversight from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The 1.8 m (5.9 feet) robot is designed for a variety of search and rescue tasks, and was unveiled to the public on 11 July 2013.
Boston Dynamics releases impressive new video of its Atlas robot
Atlas, the humanoid robot from Boston Dynamics is now able to catch and throw objects thanks to a kind of claw.
Very advanced robots
This new model was first featured in a Super Bowl ad, the world’s most-watched sporting event, in which the Atlas held a barrel above its head.
The Atlas from Boston Dynamics is a robot primarily dedicated to research. He has long been the star of many viral videos, and has demonstrated the robotic capabilities of Boston Dynamics. In the small world of humanoid robotics, few competitors have shown capabilities like Atlas.
Atlas 1 in July 2013. DARPA, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Last October 2022, the Boston Dynamics expressed concern about the militarization of its robots and pledged not to support the use of its products for military purposes.
Sources: Boston Dynamics
Photo credit (main picture): Olivier Michel (CC BY-SA 4.0) via Wikimedia Commons
Photodescription: a simulation model of the Boston Dynamics Atlas robot made in Webots.