Watch the Boston Dynamics Atlas Robot Do a Backflip. Yes, a Backflip
“What have you been up to lately, Atlas?” Boston Dynamics asks rhetorically in the description for the video below. The obvious answer: Working on a gymnastics routine that’s so dang good, the odds of having a participant from (Hail Hail) Robonia in the 2024 Summer Olympics now seem to be quite high.
The video, posted by Boston Dynamics to YouTube, comes just three days after the engineering and robotics company released a teaser clip of its revised and polished SpotMini. It seems the company that was sold by Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., to Japan’s SoftBank Group earlier this year has a new urge to dazzle. And dazzle this updated Atlas most certainly does. The Atlas line of humanoid robot has been evolving at Boston Dynamics for some time now, with an early tethered version seen running through the woods like a focused horror movie villain, and a later smaller and untethered version seen demonstrating an extraordinary level of balance (and calm in the face of being assaulted with a hockey stick).
In the above clip, we’re looking at what appears to be a new iteration of Atlas, with a few cosmetic/hardware upgrades, and likely a ton of changes under the hood chest piece. Before Atlas could catch its balance when you pushed it. Now it’s able to jump, twist, and backflip like it’s trying out for a part in Cirque du Soleil.”*
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