Atlas, The Next Generation

Published on Feb 23, 2016 by Boston Dynamics

A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain, help with navigation and manipulate objects. This version of Atlas is about 5′ 9″ tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.

6 thoughts on “Atlas, The Next Generation

  1. yeah, it’s all fine and dandy now but just watch…. it’s going to want breaks, benes, etc. ………it was fun watching it get kicked around

  2. A part of me worries about the future threat from these things, but robots still have certain weaknesses that are somewhat reassuring:

    — Extreme complexity isn’t conducive to reliability. Even bonehead-simple military equipment like firearms can have reliability issues.
    — Maintenance requirements will likely be outrageous. Anyone who has worked with high-tech equipment knows how often it needs recalibration, repair, etc.
    — Robots like Atlas are unlikely to be as stealthy as a person can be.
    — Battery life isn’t too impressive.
    — These robots aren’t likely to handle obstacles as well as people can.

    1. They have to have a nuclear power source for energy.
      They can’t live off the sun like us.
      So now we have to contend with robot’s with nuclear reactors to run.
      Nothing worse than a robot running out of power tryng to kill you.
      Kind of fks up their day.

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