ATLAS robot makes a comeback with loads of improvements
Way back last year we featured the ATLAS robot for disaster struck areas, and now the robot has unearthed for the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) with cool new upgrades. The ATLAS Unplugged robot has a 75% improvement from its predecessor version with new looks and functionality. Now it is more like a humanoid robot with a powerful battery which gives it 1 hour of freedom for operation and flexibility to lift itself up in case it falls.
The major changes in this robot are variable-pressure pump and 3.7-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. Along with that other numerous small tweaks like re-positioning of shoulders, electrically actuated lower arms, flexible wrist, re-sized hip actuators, wireless emergency stop; all of which give it more efficiency and dexterity.
There are many visual improvements like the legs which look more human like and a chest plate embellished with the Boston Dynamics logo. The all new ATLAS robot was presented as a part of The DARPA Robotics Challenge, a competition to develop robots that can assist humans in event of a natural calamity. So do these changes have to do anything with Google’s acquisition of Boston Dynamics?