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If you go down to the woods today...Meet Atlas

It’s a bright Sunday morning and you’re heading to the woods for a quiet walk and maybe a picnic. You are likely to come across deer, squirrels and plenty of birds, maybe even a teddy bear’s picnic...but surely not a robot!


meet atlasGoogle's Boston Dynamics division has released footage of its Atlas humanoid robot taking a walk in a forest. The robots stands at 6ft 2 inches and walks on just two legs, meaning the unpredictable surfaces within the forest proved a real challenge for his balance. Atlas is tethered to a power cable (for now at least) but otherwise he is able to walk through the rough terrain completely unassisted. The robot is able to balance in the same kind of way that humans and animals do, where you move quickly in order to keep yourself stabilised, according to Marc Raibert.

Given the amount of work that has had to be put in place to achieve this, it really makes you appreciate the wonder of the human brain and body. Maybe we shouldn’t take for granted our ability to walk out and explore the great outdoors. So what are you waiting for – head out for a walk and amaze yourself with your ability of balance and mobility...






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