Do you remember when the Boston Dynamics robot called Atlas could walk on (gasp!) uneven ground a couple of years ago. Since then, we have seen the robot mastering ever more increadibly feats of agility. Atlas keeps blowing through milestones left and right, like in this new video that shows Atlas effortlessly jumping over obstacles and hopping onto boxes like it’s doing parkour.
It’s the latest and yet another feather in the cap of the small Massachusetts outfit, which has regularly teased new robots with new capabilities for years now despite having been abandoned by Google.
The control software of Atlas uses the whole body including legs, arms and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace. Atlas uses computer vision to locate itself with respect to visible markers on the approach to hit the terrain accurately.