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Boston Dynamics' Atlas Strikes Again

05/11/2018 9:27 AM

Yesterday, Boston Dynamics posted a video of their Atlas robot running outdoors:

My only gripe is that they didn't include bloopers like last year's video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRj34o4hN4I

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Re: Boston Dynamics' Atlas Strikes Again

05/11/2018 9:58 AM

Interesting that Atlas swings its arms just like a human. I thought that the strength of arm motion helped propel the body along. Couldn't/wouldn't a robot have legs that were strong enough without the arm motion?

It's just too spooky to watch.

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05/11/2018 10:10 AM

Must/may help with Balance.

Purely speculation

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05/11/2018 10:55 AM

Makes sense. The arm movement is remarkably fluid and human-like.

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05/11/2018 11:25 AM

It's conservation of angular momentum. Running without swinging the arms would twist the torso. Swinging the arms in the opposite direction creates an equal and opposite torque. It's the most efficient way to run for a robot as well as a human.

https://www.lumobodytech.com/blog/heres-why-your-arm-swings-matter/

I agree with you, these things are spooky. I think it's because they don't have heads.

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05/11/2018 10:24 AM

Wow that's really cool....still a bit noisy though.....haha ,, A room full of these all walking around would be deafening....

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05/11/2018 10:52 AM

Better noisy than having one sneak up on you.

.. in time

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