Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot Can Do Backflip
- Boston Dynamics, who is American engineering and robotics design company, developed humanoid robot "Atlas".
Latest news about Atlas, who can do 180 degree jumps and backflips. The company posted the video including some footages on YouTube in November 2017.
Atlas' control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace. The Atlas hardware takes advantage of 3D printing to save weight and space.
In 2013, several copies of the Atlas robot were provided as Government Furnished Equipment for the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Robotics Challenge program.
The company announced the next generation humanoid robot bout 5' 9" tall in 2016. They showcased the robot, who walked at a reasonable speed over uneven and treacherous snow-covered terrain, and getting up quickly when knocked over.
Boston Dynamics was founded by Marc Raibert in 1992, which spun off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In 2013, the company was acquired by Google X, but Alphabet Inc. announced the sale of the company to Japan's SoftBank Group for an undisclosed sum in 2017.
- source : Boston Dynamics