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Boston Dynamics Atlas Robot Doing More Parkour Like a Pro

Atlas uses its whole body — legs, arms, torso — to perform a sequence of dynamic maneuvers that form a gymnastic routine. We created the maneuvers using new techniques that streamline the development process. First, an optimization algorithm transforms high-level descriptions of each maneuver into dynamically-feasible reference motions.

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Then Atlas tracks the motions using a model predictive controller that smoothly blends from one maneuver to the next.Using this approach, we developed the routine significantly faster than previous Atlas routines, with a performance success rate of about 80%.

Atlas has one of the world’s most compact mobile hydraulic systems. Custom motors, valves, and a compact hydraulic power unit enable Atlas to deliver high power to any of its 28 hydraulic joints for impressive feats of mobility.

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Atlas’s advanced control system enables highly diverse and agile locomotion, while algorithms reason through complex dynamic interactions involving the whole body and environment to plan movements with a speed of 1.5 m/s.