The guys at Boston Dynamics have unveiled their next generation of robots: The Atlas. The Atlas is designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation and it is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR (surveying technology that measures distance by illuminating a target with a laser light) 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 and weighs 180 lbs.
A New Generation of Robots
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