Boston Dynamics Atlas Robot Seen Doing Parkour Freakishly Well

Irving Hamilton
October 13, 2018

Yesterday, (Oct. 11) robotics company Boston Dynamics posted a new video on YouTube showcasing the robot's latest progress, carrying it past its prior agility goals in leaps and bounds - literally. Ok, ok, maybe that's unnecessary hyperbole.

Though the robot isn't quite at the level of human activities, Boston Dynamics has made great strides over the last couple years.

Boston Dynamics released a video Thursday of its bipedal Atlas robot, which is created to look like a humanoid. It was a big deal that robots such as Atlas could walk on (gasp!) uneven ground.

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Scary became terrifying when robots were taught to open doors and follow their pray up and down the stairs. "(Step height 40 cm.) Atlas uses computer vision to locate itself with respect to visible markers on the approach to hit the terrain accurately".

Check out the Atlas robot's impressive parkour abilities in the new video below. Because training these things with skills that could be used to wipe us all out sounds fun and would definitely make for great copy. Or maybe another reboot of American Gladiators.

"The Atlas hardware takes advantage of 3D printing to save weight and space, resulting in a remarkable compact robot with high strength-to-weight ratio and a dramatically large workspace", the company continued. "Victor gets to rule the world". I think parkour is French for "please stop before you break your ankle".

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