Every couple of months, Boston Dynamics exhibits a new video showing another remarkable ability from its fast developing collection of robots. The recent pair of clips is no different, this time demonstrating its Atlas robot having an occasional jog while SpotMini is revealed independently taking a long exploratory quest around a workplace building.
The 1st video showcases the humanoid Atlas robot and the ability get around the active outdoor territory. The fast growth of Atlas in the last couple of years has been both fantastic and exasperating. It was just a few short years ago that the firm showed its first untethered version of the robot, precariously discovering how to balance and navigate complicated ground.
However last year things thoroughly kicked up with a video showing the robot’s newly found capacity to rapidly nail a complete backflip. Today we can observe Atlas take a relaxed jog through the woodlands, demonstrating its potential to keep balance while moving and navigating the outdoor terrain.
The next video gives the latest look at SpotMini, the dog-like robot that later developed into nightmare fuel after a show of the series Black Mirror took the layout to inspire the tale of killer bots in a dystopian future. When Boston Dynamics earlier this year shown SpotMini’s newest talent is the skills to open doors, this latest video shows the robot’s independent characteristics.
A six-minute walk through an office and lab facility is chronicled in the video, and Boston Dynamics reports that before this recorded autonomous run, the robot was guided along the route manually by a human so a map of the space could be constructed. The video highlights SpotMini’s obstacle avoidance systems and navigation map as it moves through space, so it’s not entirely clear how much autonomy the robot has regarding its overall route, but it can clearly dynamically respond to obstacles in the space.