MIT ATLAS robot demo shows advanced moves

The bipedal robot ATLAS from MIT is moving on. Reacting to the recent video of “MIT Atlas truckin’ with a truss,” TechCrunch said, “We’ve seen the cute little guy walk, toddle, and climb over obstacles but now he can reach down, grab a heavy metal girder, and drag it around like a beast. Our little robo-monster is growing up.

The first videos we saw of DARPA’s advanced ATLAS robot it was just an infant, learning to walk and balance on its own. During the DARPA Robotics Challenge the humanoid robot handled itself like a capable child. 

The MIT DRC team home page describes ATLAS, saying that “Articulated, sensate hands will enable Atlas to use tools designed for human use. ATLAS includes 28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of freedom, two hands, arms, legs, feet and a torso. An articulated sensor head includes stereo cameras and a laser range finder. ATLAS is powered from an off-board, electric power supply via a flexible tether.” The DRC team also noted on their home page that in competition with 18 other academic and industry teams, they must enable the humanoid robot to walk over uneven terrain, climb stairs and ladders, enter and drive a small utility vehicle, handle debris and other objects, and use tools.

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