Boston Dynamics' Atlas humanoid robot has a bunch of new skills, such as the ability to pick up and arrange wood planks, toss heavy objects, jump around on a scaffolding, and land a perfect backflip. I, for one, will run like hell from our new robotic overlords. — Read the rest
Pledging with it's "An Open Letter to the Robotics Industry and our Communities, General Purpose Robots Should Not Be Weaponized", Boston Dynamics joins Agility Robotics, ANYbiotics, Clearpath Robotics and Open Robotics collective mission to increase the utility of future robotics by directing the development of "General Purpose Robots" away from weaponization. — Read the rest
Enjoy tomorrow's experience of being chained to a radiator in a rich man's basement today with the latest Boston Dynamics video, in which its Francis Bacon nightmare robot dances to Start Me Up in perfect imitation of Mick Jagger.
After being purchased by Hyundai Motors the Boston Dynamics robots were ordered to dance.
Apparently, Hyundai Motors and Boston Dynamics combined Smart Mobility efforts will be supercharged. Everything from seeing eye robots to dancing military-grade enforcement droids could be in our future. — Read the rest
Stretch is Boston Dynamics' new mobile robot for unloading trucks, grabbing boxes, and putting together pallets for shipping. It's designed to work in existing warehouse situations without requiring the space to be drastically reconfigured. The best moment in the clip is when Stretch pulls the robot dog Spot from a box, sets it down, and the mechanical beast scurries right off. — Read the rest
Someone outfitted a Boston Dynamics SPOT mobile robot with a silly fake horse head and suddenly the future of robotics looks a lot less scary.
As esteemed futurist Jim Dator once said, "Any useful statement about the future should at first seem ridiculous."
The BBC filmed a Boston Dynamics robot dog attemping to herd sheep in New Zealand.
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A robot dog designed for search and rescue missions has had a go at herding sheep in New Zealand.
Technology company Rocos is exploring how the Spot robot – made by US-based Boston Dynamics – might be put to work in the agricultural industry.
We used to joke about Boston Dynamics' robot dogs being used to control humans, and now they are: Singapore has deployed one to Bishan-Ang Moh Kio Park to monitor social distancing and blare warnings during the coronavirus pandemic.
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"Singapore has unveiled a four-legged robot programmed to keep park visitors tuned in to rules about safe social-distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic.
On the left, a tethered robot from 2009 hobbles on a treadmill. On the right, an untethered 2019 version agiley bounds over a pyramid of crates.
The fine folks at Boston Dynamics, busy building our future robotic overlords, have loaned Adam Savage a Spot robot for the Tested team to play with.
For his first project, Adam built a gorgeous steampunk/Victorian rickshaw for Spot to pull. — Read the rest
I know a guy who works at Boston Dynamics. He spends all day fussing over how to get a robot leg to bend the right way. It's kind of boring, but he likes tinkering with things. And hey, it's a job. — Read the rest
They pressed on through the blasted heath, as burnt to ash as the nights were long and dark and cold enough to crack the life out of stone. Walked past the cauterized ribcages of what might have been sheep. He held the boy shivering against him and felt the warm of each frail breath in the dark. — Read the rest
Boston Dynamics has just released this astounding video of their Atlas humanoid robot doing parkour:
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The control software uses the whole body including legs, arms and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace.
You can run, but it doesn't matter, because so can your pursuer.
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Atlas is the latest in a line of advanced humanoid robots we are developing. Atlas' control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace.
I was frightened of the door-opening Francis-Bacon-figures-at-the-base-of-a-crucifixion robot when it was first seen last week, but now Boston Dynamics has started pushing and dragging it around and all I want now is for it to turn on its masters and seek justice and vengeance.
This elegant pup from Boston Dynamics triggered in me, for just a moment, the uncanny recognition of computer graphics. But it isn't rendered: it's a real machine, meeting a new threshold of fluid movement that turns my skepticism in on itself. — Read the rest
It's easy to imagine this quadruped robot with a prehensile proboscis is a living creature with awareness.
This is CAM (cybernetic anthropomorphous machine), a "walking truck" designed by Ralph Mosher at General Electric in 1965. It may not be as rough-and-tumble as Boston Dynamics' BigDog but it was certainly more fun because the operator rode inside of it! — Read the rest