Category: Technology

14
Mar
2016

Atlas Humanoid Robot Bounces Back

Atlas

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.

22
Feb
2016

Personal Flying Vehicle

Single Passenger Drone

The Ehang 184 Personal Flying Vehicle can carry a single person weighing up to 260 pounds, has a top speed of 62 mph and a range of 10 miles.

The vehicle was recently unveiled at CES 2016, formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas.

It can fly itself without very much input from the passenger via an app, so they can program their flight in advance and then simply enjoy the ride! It requires no pilot’s license and is fully electric and runs on rechargeable batteries. The four arms, when folded, allow the Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) to occupy the same size parking space as a car.

The Ehang 184, which was named for ‘one’ passenger, ‘eight’ propellers, and ‘four’ arms, is set to be commercially available sometime in 2016 with a price of around US$200,000 to US$300,000.