Boston Dynamics unveils ‘creepy’ new fully electric humanoid robot – National


To many, the sight is a combination of mind-blowing and nightmarish: a humanoid robot, laying on the floor, before it flips its legs over its metallic body to stand at full height.
In a new video released by Boston Dynamics on Wednesday, the company — famous for its nightmare-fuel videos showcasing robots on obstacle courses and dancing, or robot dogs racing through a forest — unveiled its latest robot, called Atlas.Atlas, which is “designed for real-world applications,” is the freshest iteration of the company’s humanoid robots and is their first fully electric model. Prior to this model, an earlier version of Atlas was hydraulic-powered.In their social media post, Boston Dynamics seemingly took aim at Tesla’s own humanoid robot announcement from 2021, when the Elon Musk unveiled the product using an actor breakdancing in a white morphsuit. Story continues below advertisement

“We promise this is not a person in a bodysuit,” Boston Dynamics wrote on X.We promise this is not a person in a bodysuit. https://t.co/S9FgfpqvrW pic.twitter.com/G30sXHQ93C— Boston Dynamics (@BostonDynamics) April 17, 2024“In the months and years ahead, we’re excited to show what the world’s most dynamic humanoid robot can really do — in the lab, in the factory, and in our lives,” Boston Dynamics wrote in a blog post.“The electric version of Atlas will be stronger, with a broader range of motion than any of our previous generations,” the company boasted.Where the hydraulic Atlas could lift and maneuver heavy or irregularly shaped objects, the fully electric Atlas will do the same but with “several new gripper variations to meet a diverse set of expected manipulation needs in customer environments.” Story continues below advertisement

The new Atlas will also include the latest AI and machine learning tools, including reinforcement learning and computer vision, which will involve Atlas learning from its own actions and rewards.Can’t trip Atlas up! Our humanoid robot gets ready for real work combining strength, perception, and mobility. pic.twitter.com/f7mcnvbw3L— Boston Dynamics (@BostonDynamics) February 5, 2024Hyundai, which owns Boston Dynamics, invested in the fully electric Atlas model and will test the robot’s applications in their automotive manufacturing plants.

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Boston Dynamics said the testing is expected to take place “over the next few years.”This latest Atlas iteration is also more agile than its predecessor and “will move in ways that exceed human capabilities.”However, the robot’s inhuman movement is the very thing that has left some people unnerved by Atlas. Story continues below advertisement

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Atlas has earned admiration for its impressive engineering feat while also becoming the subject of mockery online.Tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee referenced a meme and wrote Atlas was “giving ‘call an ambulance… but not for me.”Boston Dynamic just unveiled their newest Atlas robot. This is not a render. Oh my godIt’s giving “call an ambulance… but not for me”https://t.co/mPUKDlW7WY pic.twitter.com/el3DKlTJT5— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) April 17, 2024The Boston Dynamics “Atlas” robot 🤖 is going to murder us all pic.twitter.com/rfUkHtlKhl— David Leavitt 🎲🎮🧙‍♂️🌈 (@David_Leavitt) April 17, 2024

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the video for the new electric Atlas from Boston Dynamics is … quite something. practically, it’s showing off how human-shaped robots are not limited by the human body’s degrees of freedom, but it feels like a videogame introduction to a robot bossfight pic.twitter.com/8OvLTFsUZ0— James Vincent (@jjvincent) April 17, 2024Firstly, I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist it. Boston Dynamics Atlas Robot Launch party. pic.twitter.com/lfb3cckrZ3— Dan Dawson (@Dan_Dawson__) April 18, 2024 Story continues below advertisement

“boston dynamics robot with dune music isn’t real, it can’t hurt you”boston dynamics robot with dune music: pic.twitter.com/fvSjtrMYzo— frye (@___frye) April 17, 2024The hydraulic version of Atlas has been retired.Boston Dynamics is one of the world’s leading robotics companies, with several of its models functioning in real-world applications. The company’s robot dog, called Spike, has been utilized in hazardous inspections, construction site monitoring and alongside police forces.

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