Meet Atlas, the backflipping robot that moves like a ninja


Your nightmares about Terminator have just come true…

A Boston based robotics company has created a robot that can backflip better than a human.

The robot, dubbed Atlas, can get back up if it falls over and is able to keep its balance when pushed. It’s also a dab hand at gymnastics and is capable of executing the perfect backflip.

Last week it’s creators released footage of Atlas performing its latest tricks, with viewers both seemingly impressed and concerned.

When it’s not backflipping, Atlas can jump from one block to another, turn 18 degrees in mid air and also lifts its arms in the air help keep its balance, which actually looks like it’s celebrating.

“Atlas’ control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace,” said Boston Dynamics.

“Atlas’ ability to balance while performing tasks allows it to work in a large volume while occupying only a small footprint.

“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.

“Stereo vision, range sensing and other sensors give Atlas the ability to manipulate objects in its environment and to travel on rough terrain.”

Atlas is 1.5m tall and weighs in at 75kg. It also has 28 joints in its body.


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