Google’s Atlas humanoid can now walk like us humans
Atlas, the Boston Dynamics’ (now owned by Google) ace robot has improved a lot in the last couple of years owing to intense development. It has demonstrated successfully how to get up after being pinned down to the ground, and a whole set of new features which make it a pioneering innovation aimed for the tech dominated future. Now, the robot can walk on uneven terrain, and I mean really uneven terrain that would be hard for us humans to walk on.
Researchers associated with the development of Atlas robot have found a way to teach the machine how to master walking on obstacles without falling. The mantra is to shift weight to avoid toppling over and maintain center of gravity at the right points.
This took the team a lot of trial and error sessions which taught Atlas humanoid how to feel the uneven surface and then make the necessary adjustments in foot positioning to allow for stable walking on stones, rocks or any uneven terrain you can think of.
Boston Dynamics said;
Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment.
Atlas can now balance its body, foot positioning angle and then move the other foot once it is certain. This pushes the robot into performing well in real world situations like disaster management.
The new upgraded algorithm comes courtesy Institute for Human & Machine Cognition. Making use of the 28 hydraulic joints and stereo vision, the robot can now be called as one of the most advanced robot on the planet.