In a new video from robotics experts Boston Dynamics, Atlas is shown hopping over a log before scaling a series of boxes. The YouTube robot sensation famed for previously performing backflips has now mastered the art of parkour, an athletic discipline derived from obstacle course training used by the military. Check out the latest video of Boston Dynamics' freakishly talented Atlas robot, and you'd be forgiven for thinking the final days of the Age of Man are at hand. Atlas has its performance improved a lot since its debut where its ability to march through the woods was shown. "Atlas' control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace", declared Boston Dynamics on its website's profile of Atlas.
Atlas is here, and after a somewhat rocky start, the robot is as capable of parkour as a Sylvester Stallone circa the mid-1970s. Boston Dynamics is working on it with funding and guidance from DARPA, so some type of military use for it is not so far fetched, despite DARPA officially calling it a disaster response robot.
Remember Atlas, the robot that can run like a person? This is something that would have many of us humans huffing and puffing for air.
Boston Dynamics is also working on at least eight other robots, including Handle (which can use both legs and wheels), Spot (a four-legged dog-like robot which can traverse hard terrain), and Sand Flea (a small RC car-style robot which can jump onto the roofs of buildings).
It can also self-correct its balance if it gets pushed or knocked to avoid falling over.