Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot is now a gymnast (Video)
The latest footage from Boston Dynamics is, unsurprisingly, both impressive and terrifying. Over the past few years we’ve seen Atlas navigate uneven terrain and even jump around a parkour course. This is on another level, though. The bipedal robot does a handstand, rolls around and even does a few jumping twists — all without losing its balance.
A new workflow helps Atlas pull off these smooth moves while also reducing development time and achieving a performance success rate of about 80 percent. “First, an optimization algorithm transforms high-level descriptions of each maneuver into dynamically-feasible reference motions,” says Boston Dynamics. “Then Atlas tracks the motions using a model predictive controller that smoothly blends from one maneuver to the next.”
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