Sweep the Leg! Atlas Humanoid Robotic Exhibits ‘Karate Child’ Strikes

You could acknowledge the pose from 1984’s "The Karate Child," however this Atlas humanoid robotic is not getting ready to enter a martial arts event. It is on the brink of tackle others like itself within the subsequent DARPA Robotics Problem. On this case, it is demonstrating its stability by balancing on a stack of cinder blocks whereas shifting its limbs to varied configurations — which, in the event you’ve ever tried, you understand is not straightforward.

With the ability to management one’s stability like this is not simply good for doing crane kicks. Staying upright on shifting grounds or regaining management after slipping is important for primary motion all over the world. We do it routinely, however constructing a robotic able to it (Atlas was created by Google-owned Boston Dynamics) and making management software program exact sufficient (the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition programmed this bot, named "Ian") is not any imply feat. It’s going to be strutting its stuff subsequent June, when the Robotics Problem finals happen in Pomona, California.

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—Devin Coldewey
First revealed November eleven 2014, 2:18 PM