New videos from Boston Dynamics showcase their popular Atlas robot performing the most complex parkour routine seen to date, while providing a rare glimpse behind the scenes of this groundbreaking robotics company.
From dancing to jogging in the woods, the rapid evolution of Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot has been amazing to watch over the past few years. These occasional short videos are impressive but often lack real detail. Now, the company is providing some of the first behind-the-scenes insights into how its robots are developed and why parkour is such a useful way to train humanoid robots.
Atlas | Partner in Parkour
The new parkour video (above) shows a pair of Atlas robots moving through a complex series of actions. Unlike previous videos that focused on single acrobatic movements, this video demonstrates the robot’s ability to navigate multiple dynamic challenges.
“It’s really about creating behaviors at the limits of a robot’s capabilities and making them all work together in a flexible control system,” explains Scott Kuindersma, Atlas project leader.
An accompanying video takes us behind the scenes to provide a rare look at how these videos are produced. NS Inside the lab The video shows some of Atlas’s flaws, reminding us of the work required for these robots to perform the extraordinary feats shown in previous videos.
The video also helps answer a frequently asked question in Boston Dynamics. What is the ultimate goal of this work?
Inside the Lab: How does Atlas work?
“The work we’re doing right now is just building a foundation,” says Kuindersma. “We are building the core capabilities that we think any useful robot will need, and in doing so we are really defining the next challenges we will take in the future. next two to five years.”
Atlas is still essentially a research and development project and there is no indication currently Atlas is being built for direct commercial results. But instead, the project provides broader technical details that could help guide some of the other, more commercial outcomes of Boston Dynamics.
Last year, the company finally produced its first commercial robot product. Spot, its dog-like robot, has hit the market with a price tag of around $75,000. More recently, Boston Dynamics introduced a robot specifically developed for warehouse work called Stretch.
Source: Boston Dynamics