Technology Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot is now a gymnast
The ISS' spherical robot helper has returned to Earth
Humans are one step closer to having robot assistants in space. The IBM- and Airbus-made CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion) robot returned to Earth on August 27th after successful testing aboard the International Space Station. The spherical machine demonstrated both its AI skills (such as recognizing astronauts and offering instructions) as well as its ability to float through the ISS. Don't think this is the end to the experiments, though -- this is really just the start. The partners have been working on a successor that should build on the lessons learned from the first-generation robot.
The latest footage from Boston Dynamics is, unsurprisingly, both impressive and terrifying. Over the past few years we've seen Atlasand even . This is on another level, though. The bipedal robot does a handstand, rolls around and even does a few jumping twists -- all without losing its balance.
A new workflow helps Atlas pull off these smooth moves while also reducing development time and achieving a performance success rate of about 80 percent. "First, an optimization algorithm transforms high-level descriptions of each maneuver into dynamically-feasible reference motions," says Boston Dynamics. "Then Atlas tracks the motions using a model predictive controller that smoothly blends from one maneuver to the next." The exact purpose of an agile, bipedal robot is still a bit of a mystery, though; Atlas could end up becoming anything from a butler to a soldier. Why Google bought Boston Dynamics is yet another puzzle.
This video of Boston Dynamics’ creepy humanoid robot doing parkour is equal parts amazing and terrifying
Robots have always had certain advantages over humans. They're typically made of more durable materials than the soft tissue covering human bodies and since they can be repaired in the event of damage, they can basically "live" forever. But robots are usually clunky and clumsy, and humans have always had a huge advantage in terms of dexterity. Thanks to the mad scientists at Boston Dynamics, that appears to be changing. The humanoid Atlas robot, which has already demonstrated incredibly impressive human-like abilities, just keeps getting better and better, and a new video by the company shows that its fluidity of movement has now easily surpassed your own (and m
Boston Dynamics'is now available for those who want a robotic companion for commercial use. While individuals can't purchase the doglike robot, enterprise customers can deploy a pack to help on construction, plant operations, and public safety jobs. Whether it's as useful as a human worker or not, Spot is sure to impress corporate clients.
OCT 2016: gymnast Samir Aït Saïd, victim of a tibia-fibula fracture, operated in Rio
Thechilling. French gymnast Samir Aït Saïd suffered a double tibia-fibula fracture in the left leg in the jump event on Saturday (August 6th) in qualifying for the men's . The 26-year-old gymnast was operated on the same night in Rio, according to .
"Since the hospital, he wished to thank all the people who gave him support: 'I will come back to Tokyo (in 2020) to get the gold'," French Gymnastics Federation (FFgym). The gymnast, who was aiming for a medal with the rings in particular, should remain hospitalized for at least 48 hours and could then be repatriated to France.
Aware but livid, Samir Aït Saïd was taken on a stretcher, after his fall, with a splint in his left leg, to the applause of the audience. The other competitors were shocked. "I've heard other gymnasts say 'do not look, do not look'," said American Danell Leyva. "Even if we are in different teams, we know each other, and I know Samir since I was 14," he adds.
This is not the first time that Samir Aït Saïd's Olympic dream has been broken. He had already been deprived of the London-2012 Games because of a serious injury to the right knee, which occurred a few months before, already in the jump test, at the European Championships in Montpellier in May 2012.
MIT made an army of tiny, 'virtually indestructible' cheetah robots that can backflip and even play with a soccer ball — see them in action in this new video .
MIT's Mini Cheetah robots can perform actions like backflipping, jumping, walking, and running. And they're said to be nearly indestructible. MIT recently published a new video of its Mini Cheetah robots, small quadrupedal robots that can run, walk, jump, turn, and backflip. The robots weigh about 20 pounds and researchers claim they are "virtually indestructible," according to MIT News.
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Atlas uses its whole body -- legs, arms, torso -- to perform a sequence of dynamic maneuvers that form a gymnastic routine. We created the maneuvers using ...
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