By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
In the latest video by Boston Dynamics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Google Inc., the company demonstrates their latest version of Atlas, a anthropomorphic robot that is able to navigate terrain both indoors and out. The Atlas balances itself by using sensors located in its body and legs and through use of LIDAR (light and radar) and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles. Like its previous design, it uses body and arms in a swinging motion to help it stay upright.
The next generation of Atlas however is more compact. At 5’9″ and 180 lbs it’s at its most compact compared to the 6’2″, 330 lbs frame from two years ago. The new Atlas doesn’t need to rely on the cables and tubes that feed it power, fluid and data either, it’s more autonomous. The next generation of Atlas.
Atlas from 2013.