Boston Dynamics Robot Can Now Climb Stairs

Meet Atlas, the Parkour Robot Who Will Enslave Us All

Boston Dynamics is working on it with funding and guidance from DARPA, so some type of military use for it is not so far fetched, despite DARPA officially calling it a disaster response robot.

The robot "uses computer vision to locate itself with respect to visible markers on the approach to hit the terrain accurately", the company said.

A new video of the Atlas humanoid showing off proves that its backflips nearly a year ago were just the beginning. Atlas has its performance improved a lot since its debut where its ability to march through the woods was shown. Despite Boston Dynamics being sold by Google's parent company Alphabet to Japanese company SoftBank for an undisclosed sum in 2017, there has been no indication as to what direction the robot's development is heading. "Atlas' control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace", declared Boston Dynamics on its website's profile of Atlas. We can have our best, our strongest, and our fastest square off against robots like Atlas. "Atlas keeps its balance when jostled or pushed and can get up if it tips over". Most humans can barely do a cartwheel, let alone a backflip. It could have easily backflipped down after reaching the top platform to add more flair, but perhaps Boston Dynamics didn't want to scare the human race too much just yet.

Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech.

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