Video: DARPA unveil ATLAS, 'one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever built'
New bot is being tested out as a possible first-responder in disaster situations
Designed for a contest organised by the US Defense Department and described as “one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever built”, ATLAS is the latest creation from robotics pioneers Boston Dynamics.
Standing tall at six-foot-two and weighing over 23 stone (330lb), Atlas seeks to replicate the articulation of human joints through its 28 hydraulically actuated joints.
A new video of the robot release by DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) shows Atlas walking on a treadmill and avoiding small obstacles, as well as balancing on one leg whilst being hit with weights, Gladiators style.
ATLAS is the latest offering from Boston Dynamics who have previously released videos of other robot creations including Big Dog, a quadrupedal bot designed to operate as a pack mule for the US infantry; and Cheetah Robot, another quadruped capable of running faster than Usain Bolt at speeds of 28.3mph.
Atlas however, will be competing in DARPA’s Virtual Robotics Challenge – a public competition with a $2 million grand prize launched in October last year. The contest’s aim is to explore how robots might be used as first responders in disaster situations:
“In the early stages of a number of recent disasters, it was clear that there were limitations to what humans could accomplish due to dangerous situations (e.g., Fukushima). Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) is one of the primary missions of the Department of Defense, and in order to be prepared for future disasters, DARPA’s goal is to spur the development of an adaptable robot that can remove humans from dangerous areas to allow issues to be mitigated from a safe location.”
The seven teams that have made it through to the end-stage of this competition will now be offered Atlas as the test bot for their software algorithms. As DARPA say on their website: “Like coaches starting with a novice player, the teams now have until late December 2013 to teach ATLAS the moves it will need to succeed.”
Although we'll have to wait until the end of the year to see what the teams come up with, ATLAS's early moves and development can be seen in this video below:
Life & Style blogs
Google Photos tags black people as 'gorillas', puts pictures in special folder
What is Lyme disease, what are the symptoms and is treatment readily available?
Optical illusion turns blue demon into brunette
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
iPhone 7: Force Touch phones are being prepared for launch, say reports
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
Tunisia beach attack: How can British Muslims respond to the latest outrages?
- 1 David Cameron refers to 83-year-old Labour MP Dennis Skinner as 'Jurassic Park'
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 Optical illusion turns blue demon into brunette
- 4 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 5 Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal will donate entire $32bn fortune to charity
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Project Coordinator is requir...
£26000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An IT Support Technician is req...
£18000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + competitive: SThree: As an Associate Recruitment C...