Boston Dynamics shows off ‘Atlas’ humanoid robot that can jump over obstacles


A new video published by robotics company Boston Dynamics shows off its robot’s impressive new ability to do parkour.

Boston Dynamics’ humanoid robot Atlas previously learned how to run, how to jump and how to open doors but the robot can now dexterously leap from step to step whilst jumping over obstacles.

The company, launched in 1992 as a spin off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, develops robots which it hopes can be used in search and rescue missions as well as in industrial settings.

It has also conducted research into military use of robots, although the US army declined to use Boston Dynamics products because of concern over the volume of the robots.

“There was the challenge of seeing the potential possibility because of the limitations of the robot itself,” a spokesman for the US Marines Warfighting Lab said. “They took it as it was: a loud robot that’s going to give away their position.”

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