Robots are fast approaching the ones we saw in the movies, making reality more and more similar to what was once science fiction. For example, a couple of weeks ago we talked about the incredible animal-shaped robots that the Festo company produces, making us doubt in some cases whether it was a real robot or an animation of a prototype.
But Festo is not the only company that seems to be far ahead of its time. Boston Dynamics is another amazing company that work to create the most incredible humanoid robots that you’ve ever seen. Some time ago they suffered a sad setback, when their LS3 (Legged Squad Support System) project with the United States Army to build a robotic pack mule out canceled due to noise generation expectations not being metdespite having a fully functional prototype and having invested more than $ 42 million in research and development.
Well it seems that this talk was not lost at all, because Boston Dynamics has presented its latest creation to the world this week. It is Atlas a humanoid robot that not only can walk like a person, but also has the ability to do some tasks seemingly basic such as opening and closing doors or picking up boxes, but which for the world of robotics were impossible until recently, in addition, Atlas has an enviable balance making it capable of recovering from bumps and shoves.
Atlas has been in development for several years, and we have seen how it has evolved over time, being this new version the most surprising that the company has shown. Altas is equipped with stereoscopic video cameras and a laser terrain mapping system, which allows you to find out in real time the obstacles in front of you and thus adjust your balance so as not to fall on the steep terrain or when you are pushed.
Surely more than one will have wondered when watching the video of Atlas in action if a technology like this now if will have the potential to replace men in physical activities. Well, it is still too early to say, but how progress is going, it does not seem unreasonable to think that in a few decades some workers and factory employees would no longer be members of a union, or would receive a salary, but would work tirelessly without protesting 24 hours a day.