Boston Dynamics, the builder of the BigDog robot for the USA military, never ceases to surprise us with its increasingly sophisticated robots. The company is going to work with its manufacturing partners to increase the production of the robot before it starts selling the SpotMini in 2019.
Atlas is an advanced robot created to look like a human - it has arms, legs and 28 joints and is able to mimic the movement of humans. Atlas, the name given to this particular robot, can be seen jogging through a park before jumping over a log easily in a new video. The robot's control system coordinates the movements of its various parts and allows it to maintain balance while doing different tasks.
The robot is able to move around on rough terrain and jump over objects using stereo vision, range sensing and other sensors. That's the same robot that made headlines (and made stomachs turn) when it demonstrated its ability to open doors earlier this year.
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At the TechCrunch event dedicated to robotics, Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert on Friday announced that its robotic dog SpotMini already in the stage of "pre-production". The cameras fitted into the robot help it to navigate autonomously and avoid obstacles that may come on its way.
The new version of SpotMini can also be seen running around an office with impressive speed by navigating the entire course on its own. The robot, described as "the world's most dynamic humanoid" on the Boston Dynamics website, runs at a slow-but-steady pace over grass, up a slight incline and then stops in front of a log. Atlas steadies himself, bends his "knees", raises his "arms" and nimbly hops over the log, landing without a wobble.