Boston Dynamics Humanoid Robot Prepares for Automotive Duties

A video update to the Atlas humanoid robot shows its developed object recognition capabilities

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

February 6, 2024

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Boston Dynamics has released a video update for its humanoid robot Atlas, showing it picking and placing automotive struts, demonstrating its object recognition capabilities and dexterity.

The video shows the robot from an outside perspective, as well as through its vision system to demonstrate how it interprets and navigates its environment. 

“Our humanoid robot gets ready for real work combining strength, perception and mobility,” the team said.

Described by Boston Dynamics as the “world’s most dynamic humanoid robot,” Atlas previously showcased its athletic capabilities, assisting a worker around a controlled factory setup – picking and placing objects, climbing stairs and jumping over obstacles.

The update comes as the race to commercialize humanoid robots ramps up.

Just a few weeks ago, Figure Robotics signed a deal with BMW to deploy its general-purpose robots at the car manufacturer’s warehouses to automate “difficult, unsafe or tedious” tasks, while Elon Musk told investors in an earnings call that there's a "good chance" Tesla will start shipping some units of its humanoid robot Optimus next year. 

Meanwhile, Agility Robotics signed a deal with Amazon to have their humanoid designs tested in Amazon warehouses and Apptronik recently announced a collaboration with NASA to commercialize its humanoid design, Apollo.

Related:Boston Dynamics’ Atlas Robot Gains New Skills

About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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