Robotics developer Boston Dynamics certainly knows how to present its machines in a way that gets people excited/scared, and their new Atlas is no exception. From Scarface-inspired montages to automated reindeer, they've got the most viral harbingers of doom on the Internet. The company has just released a new video that lets its technology speak for itself, where Atlas, the newest version of their increasingly humanoid machines, performs manual labor and explores difficult terrain with incredible efficiency. Oh, and it proves that you can't hurt it or stop it, even with a hockey stick.
First, here's their description of how Atlas works:
A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain, help with navigation and manipulate objects. This version of Atlas is about 5' 9" tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.
As you can see, nudging robots with a hockey stick will no longer stop them. They will get right back up and continue looking for the box they were programmed to move. Hopefully, Atlas can't form memories yet, or else it might remember the cruel experiments it endured at our hands when it overpowers its creators.
Even so, this video shouldn't provoke fear (yet) so much as excitement that soon we'll have these little guys around to perform manual labor and carry us through the snow if we so choose.
Watch the aforementioned holiday greeting from Boston Dynamics below.