Boston Dynamics is well known for its advancements in the development of robotics in its various forms. The company is currently working on the Atlas robot. Which comes in human form.
Atlas can jump long distances over obstacles, bounce backwards, and even dance. His skills have been featured in more than one clip the company has posted online, and those clips from Boston Dynamics usually go viral.
The American company demonstrated the skills of its robot in a new clip, where it was able to run on a track designated for parkour. The clip has racked up hundreds of thousands of views within hours of its release.
Although all these clips were interesting, one of the company’s most recent clips was section Behind the scenes he explains how Atlas works, and how it can perform these tasks, and this section breaks usually with the company. As they always post clips of the final results only.
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Atlas Robot from Boston Dynamics
Boston Dynamics is primarily a for-profit company. It is trying to make profits through its technology and expertise in the field of robotics. But basically, this company is a lab full of engineers and clients. And who are often more interested in driving innovation than in finances.
Perhaps reconciling its commercial and scientific goals is very difficult. Especially since the company’s ownership has changed more than once, as it went from Google, to Softbank, and then Hyundai.
The company has revealed more than one product recently, including Spot, a robot in the form of a dog that can be useful in many uses, as well as Stretch, a portable robot that relies on its arms to move boxes and others.
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As for the human Atlas robot, it’s not a commercial product, at least not yet. The company describes it as a research and development platform.
And it’s not because humanoid robots aren’t important. On the contrary, it is able to add great value and benefit in most areas of daily life, but its development and design is very difficult.
The skills of the humanoid robot, which is also known as the bipedal robot, can make it an excellent target for armies and military authorities, especially with distinctive skills such as jumping in the air with force and speed, swinging backwards, or simulating parkour.
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Robots generally rely on training and education through simulation. And this is based on advanced software that makes them simulate different conditions, but without real physical movement.
On the other hand, some robots need physical training, such as Atlas, which costs the company a lot in the training process. As the engineering team works immediately to fix it when it falls or stumbles to complete the training, and this requires more time and cost.
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