There’s no doubt the world of robotics and AI are hotting up to a point where it has become both amazing to watch and scary at the same time. Boston Dynamics has been pushing the boundaries of humanoid robots for some time having released a quite a number of previous videos of their Atlas robot performing tasks such as going for a jog and doing parkour, amongst others. The team has taken things up a notch in its latest released video, which sees Atlas perform a gymnastics routine.
Having first been built back in 2013, performing simple walk and run movements, the Atlas has advanced quite significantly during the time since. The video shows just how nimble the Atlas, two-legged robot is. By means of using an “optimisation algorithm” and “model predictive controller” the team were able to add more advanced movements to Atlas, while still keeping them looking smooth and as natural as possible. The Atlas tracks each movement and range of motions with the two models, allowing it to blend one movement into the next seamlessly.
Because the routine was based on artificial intelligence and not a set programme, the success rate was around 80% for the manoeuvres it performed. The latest version of the Atlas weighs in around 80KG, jogs at around 1.5m per second, in addition to the impressive routine. Perhaps by the time the Olympic Games 2020 comes around, Atlas will be well-conditioned to perform its routine alongside human competitors.
Check out the YouTube clip below, or visit BostonDynamics.com for more information.