Inside the Lab: Taking Atlas From Sim to Scaffold

Inside the Lab: Taking Atlas From Sim to Scaffold

How does Atlas recognize and interact with objects? How do we develop new Atlas behaviors? Why is manipulation important for the future of robotics?

Join our team in the Atlas lab to discover the answers to these questions and more. Keep reading on our blog:

00:00: Introduction
01:57: Perception and Manipulation
05:11: Electrical Doctors
06:29: Developing in Simulation
07:13: “Sick Trick”
08:24: What’s Next?

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37 Responses

  1. P. T. Anderson says:

    I appreciate that the scrapes and dents in Atlas’s bodywork have been left intact. It gives it a kind of honesty that comes from hard work and effort. Thanks…

    • Jake Razmataz says:

      It shows they spend their money wisely.

    • Timothy Bolden says:

      Let’s just be real here… it saves money.

    • Nibiru12 says:

      Is Atlas combination of CGI and wire harness?
      Why are they still not showing us what it did, in their 10+ year videos?
      They don’t have to tell us it’s real, not fake.
      All they have to do is SHOW IT TO US, THE REAL ROBOT!!!

    • Umbra Lux says:

      I see it as very effective armor. It’s keeping the wirey bits inside pretty well, so far.

    • Dark King Astos says:

      It comes from the team making it learn stupid backflips that are unsafe just like throwing bags of tools up ontu a scafolding where a person is standing.. Osha should fine them after seeing this moronic behavior. This is a worksite… the team made it one once they gave it tools and put it to work.

  2. TimeBucks says:

    This is absolutely incredible!

  3. Deildegast says:

    Love the “Dr. Zoidberg” at 6:45, it looks like your company has the environment to not only design state of the art robots but also to goof around a bit and have fun 🙂

  4. Skott62 says:

    If I was a software developer this is the kind of thing I would love to be a part of. I am truly amazed what Boston Dynamics has accomplished with robotics.

    • Beans and Rice says:

      With 3d printing advancements making the technology more accessible, I’d bet lots of hobbyist robot developers will start appearing in the coming decade as the software for designing and emulating real world physics improves. I’m excited to see robots in the real world

  5. Stormcloud Live says:

    The way he holds position in the hop after the sick trick at the end is awesome, just perfect pose to let the energy which went into the jump out and spring what looks like effortlessly back down to land on it’s feet again, Atlas and Boston Dynamics are incredible.

  6. Alex Willette says:

    This is a fantastic exposé on the process! I’ve shared it with both of my robotics teams! I’m excited to watch them grow and build some robots of their own this year, hopefully they can take some inspiration from this video

  7. AuthenTech - Ben Schmanke says:

    Insane. I love seeing the BTS, thanks for sharing

  8. Chyza says:

    I would love to see more POV footage of these tests.

  9. J says:

    The work you are doing is both terrifying and mind-blowingly awesome.

  10. Tr Z says:

    Boston Dynamics is easily, by a huge margin, my favorite company to ever exist. Every time I see one of these demonstrations I’m blown away

    • HayabusaActy says:

      @medved3027  you’re very short sighted and not thinking big at all. If you think this is useless now, just wait until the robotic body is paired with the super computer A.I mind to replace you for your job over night. 😉

    • medved says:

      Also one of the most useless companies to ever exist, so far. 🙂 Not throwing shade or anything, this is very cool stuff, which nonetheless is absolutely useless IRL. Be that as it may, I’d work on this for half of what I’m currently making, easy. I don’t care if it’s useless.

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