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Boston Dynamics shows the new generation Altas with smaller and lighter body, more autonomous

cjmagowan  —  3 years ago ( Feb 26, 2016 )    |    Science, Technology


Have you ever wondered how far do we come so far in robotics and what potentialsthat thetechnology is significant for our future generations? We’ll Google or should we say It’s parent company Alphabet owned BostonDynamicsgot some fresh new demos of its new generation Atlas humanoid robot.

When it first came into life, the machine is mainly wired to an external power source until last year when the company developed a power pack that’s small enough to be installed directly on the robot. Now a year have past and Boston Robotics showed us the new generation Atlas that is smaller, lighter, more smarter and responsive. It weighs around180 kgs together with its battery and with a height of 5.9-feet tall.

As you can see on the video, the robot has undergone into rigorous testing both indoors and outside. With numerous sensors around its body, Atlas can certainly maintain its balance even in rough and uneven terrains and even managed to walk in snow-covered grounds. There’s alsoLIDAR and stereo sensors in its head for navigation and avoidance, so at this rate, Atlas is virtually having a sense of autonomy.

Despite the technologies embedded into Atlas, there’s still a long way to go before we see a truly humanoid being with motion and intelligence that could much of our own, though it sounds ridiculous of us to develop such being that might only make humans obsolete, the possibility is already here and only time will tell when that day would arrive and when does come, remember this day when we all make machines do simplify our jobs and how much do we owe them for that.