Backflipping robots!

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot has seriously improved its agility. If you have any interest in robotics, you really have to check out the video in this page.

The most interesting thing here is not that this robot does backflips and jumps, but how far robot mobility has come in just a few years. Boston Dynamics has been showing Atlas across its development, and it has progressed from basic walking while tethered through to this.

I always like to think ahead in exponential fields. People generally think that humanoid robots won’t be with us in the near term, but I disagree. Certainly 10 years should be enough to get bi-pedal robots among us. We will see wheeled and probably 4-legged ones earlier.

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