Improved Atlas Robotic Will Quietly, Wirelessly Take DARPA Problem

This yr’s DARPA Robotics Problem, by which groups have their robots try and autonomously carry out quite a few demanding duties, will probably be quieter and fewer cluttered because of enhancements made to Atlas, the usual-concern bot made obtainable to qualifying groups. Designed by Google-owned Boston Dynamics however the results of years of Protection Division funding, Atlas is among the world’s main humanoid robots, and the newest iteration is an entire overhaul of its core methods. For one factor, it is solely powered by a battery pack, and wishes no cable. Its new pump system, powering the pneumatic limbs, can also be quiet sufficient that "the groups can truly function this robotic with out the necessity for listening to safety," enthused Boston Dynamics undertaking supervisor Joe Bondaryk in a video displaying off the brand new bot.

Repositioned shoulders imply extra handy entry to human-degree instruments and surfaces, and improved decrease arms let Atlas do issues like flip a doorknob with ease. Groups will want all these capabilities in the event that they’re to get anyplace close to competing the duties set forth within the 2015 Robotics Problem, as a result of happen in early June in Pomona, California.

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First revealed January 20 2015, eleven:33 AM