USA: The humanoid robot Atlas made by Boston Dynamics is once again in the news. This time, the bipedal robot dazzled us by completing challenging tasks quickly and easily.
In a video released by the company, Atlas can be seen running, climbing, jumping and carrying tools to help a person to the top of a multi-story scaffolding.
The Atlas robot's dance moves have taken people by surprise, and it's also successfully completed a challenging parkour course. The robot has now learned an entirely new set of skills that it may one day use to perform difficult on-site tasks. While it may look like the robot breezes through the task, it was clearly put together with great care.
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In the video, Atlas can be seen interacting with various items and successfully delivering the tool kit to the right person.
before landing with an inverted 540-degree flip, which project engineers have dubbed the "Sick Trick".
According to the company blog, the Atlas grabs, carries and tosses tool bags, climbs stairs, jumps between levels, and pushes a large wooden block out of the way.
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The company claimed that Atlas' skill with the long plank of wood was one of the most impressive elements of the act. Instead of being alert when turning around, the robot completes a 180-degree rotation while holding onto the plank, requiring the robot's control system to be aware of the plank's motion in order to prevent it from falling.
We're trying to do meaningful manipulation on that research, and parkour and dancing were very interesting examples of extreme locomotion, said Benjamin Stephens, head of Atlas Control.
It is critical that the Atlas "can accomplish these tasks with a degree of human speed. Since people are very skilled at these tasks, the control software needs some significant upgrades."
According to the company, it was difficult for Atlas to push the wooden box before jumping onto the platform. The wooden block needs to be hit by the robot with the right amount of force so that it falls without tipping over.
When it came to the robot's backflip at the end of the video, it was definitely difficult, although it was effortless.
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The team revealed that the Atlas tucked its arms and legs to prevent it from turning over during the test, tangled in its limbs. The control system needs to be troubleshooted and improved so that the robot can choose a strategy that prevents self-collision.
According to Stephens, there is still a long way to go before robots can perform tasks in the real world.