So far, Boston Dynamics’ Atlas humanoid robot has wowed us with its dance moves and athletic parkour routines. However, the company decided it was time integrate new Skills for your model.
In the company’s latest video, called “Atlas Gets a Grip,” we can see how the robot able to manipulate their environmentInteracting with objects for new “claws” to achieve their goal of delivering a bag of tools to a person at the top of the scaffold.
here you can see the demo video
routine can be seen that atlas grab the bag, take it and throw itClimb stairs, skip levels and push wooden blocks to finish with a 540-degree inverted spin, which the project’s engineers called “sick move,
Advancing Atlas Capabilities
Although this appears to be a departure from the “gripping” video of the demo robot, Ben Stephens, one of the Atlas Control leaders, details that these new movements They represent a natural progression of inquiry.
For example, in the “Do You Love Me” dance the robot was completely blind, without the necessary perception to respond As for his surroundings, while in parkour, Atlas could see and move around various fixed obstacles.
However, for this new opportunity, the robot’s speed and detection capabilities were tested, as strength was needed not only locating, grasping, and moving objects With different sizes, materials and weights, but at the same time they had to maintain balance while manipulating them through the environment.
Various complexities and challenges
According to Stephens, one of the most impressive parts of the new routine is in the opening, when Atlas manipulates a large plank of woodBecause instead of turning carefully after catching it, the Atlas catches it and does a 180-degree jump.
This means that the robot control system Must consider table speed To prevent it from tipping over, it is positioned correctly for later use.
Also, the part where Atlas pushes the wooden box”deceptively complex“, since the robot needs to generate enough force to topple an objectSupport your weight to move it without sending your body off the platform.
According to the team, the same is the case with somersaults at the end of routines. harder than the last stuntBecause it adds a new trick that the normal backflip doesn’t.
For this, the team will have to do tests beyond simulation, where Robot tangled in its own parts Bending arms and legs, taking advantage of all available force at nearly every joint of the robot, forced engineers to improve the control system to avoid self-collision.
Usefulness of your humanoid robot
Unlike the Spot and Stretch, commercially available models, the Atlas is currently just a research platform for Boston Dynamics, which works to improve the hardware and software of its other robots, but “do anything anywhere“In short, bodily functions similar to those of a person.
Despite progress, all is not smooth sailing for Atlas
For now, this is what Scott Kuindersma, leader of the Atlas team at Boston Dynamics, knows A robot is unlikely to use gymnastic tricks in workplaces, but serves as a demonstration of its control capabilities.
Team intent focused on building technologies Create and customize robot behaviorGetting them up to speed on real, physically demanding jobs.
Of course, Stephens believes that this is still far from creating a robot capable of addressing “dirty and dangerous jobs in the real world”thoroughly Object manipulation is a broad category Where the work is lacking, but the progress made with ATLAS allows us to preview where development is headed.