Robotic whole-body athletic: How does Atlas do parkour?

Humanoid robots are quickly learning physical skills that were previously limited only to us, humans.

Still image from YouTube video.

In this video, the Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics does a parkour tour around a small custom-built track. As you will see, robotic motions are still a bit clumsy, but they are done with an unparalleled precision and high degree of repeatability, while also maintaining a correct body balance. And, of course, these robots know how to coordinate their actions when working as a team, so it is not a problem when a second robot joins in.

As the developers of the Atlas robot explain, parkour is a perfect sandbox where research and engineering team is able to experiment with the next-generation artificial intelligence, robotic mobility and control systems while performing high-energy activities under highly dynamic conditions.

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