GEEKERY: Atlas – Our New Robot Overlord?

atlas robot

Boston Dynamics announce the next generation of Atlas – an all terrain robot that walks on two feet.

Atlas started as a DARPA project – it’s a bipedal, all terrain model that includes 28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of movement, and an articulated head with stereo cameras and a laser range finder. It’s powered by an off-board, electric power supply that requires a tether.

original atlas robot

This week they released this video of the newest generation of Atlas – they’ve come a very far way in a short time…

A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain, help with navigation and manipulate objects. This version of Atlas is about 5′ 9″ tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.

As you can see – the Boston Dynamics team has continued the “let’s kick the robot!” tradition that’s going to lead to packs of T-800s mowing humans down during the robopocalypse 😛

boston dynamics robot gif


What are your thoughts on our future robot overlords?

  • Xodis

    Remember these videos!!!!

    When the Robots rise against us, these will be part of the evidence that damns us.

  • ZeeLobby

    Look! He does the wulfen stance!

  • ZeeLobby

    Also, you gotta love boston dynamics.

  • Mud_Duck

    “The first against the wall when the revolution comes!”

    • Severius_Tolluck

      Brain the size of a planet and they have me opening doors.. How depressing.

  • Tyris

    Who are your leaders? Who makes the decisions that will most affect your lives? Before you answer: Atlas!

  • JP

    HAH. That robot is a LONG way from being autonomous if it needs QR codes plastered everywhere to know where it’s going.

  • moonshadow101

    Impressive, but it’s not *really* an Atlas without an AC-20 in the right torso.

  • steelmage99

    Allow me to be the first to welcome our new robotic overlords.

  • Gustav

    Based on my avatar, I feel obligated to add: