Boston Dynamics, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet – have introduced the new version of its humanoid robot called Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings.
Atlas uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles and assess terrain.
The 5′ 9″ tall and 180 lbs, Atlas, is shown stepping out from a line-up of other robots, before walking off and pushing open a door to go outside. It successfully walks over bumpy, snow-covered terrain, before strolling side-by-side with one of the developers. After showing off its strength by lifting two 10-pound boxes onto some shelves, a man knocks a box out of its hands to see how it reacts. But it’s not a problem for Atlas, which goes to pick it up and carry on with its tasks.
The most impressive moment is when Atlas is pushed over – falling flat on its front. Atlas uses its arms to thrust itself back onto its feet before walking off.