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Boston Dynamics' Atlas Gets Handy: Lifting and Learning

Updated: Feb 13

February 6, 2024

Boston Dynamics' Atlas, the world's most advanced humanoid robot, is back in action! While it has already wowed us with its bipedal acrobatics—walking, running, jumping, and even backflips—now it's flexing its mechanical muscles in a new arena: inventory work. Imagine a robot strolling through a warehouse, casually picking up car parts like it's browsing a digital catalog. That's Atlas!


In the past, Atlas sported rudimentary hand clamps that could carry heavy objects but lacked finesse. It was like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut—effective but not exactly gentle. The poor wooden plank it picked up? Crushed! But now, Atlas has leveled up. Its new spindly, double-jointed fingers are like a concert pianist's—delicate, precise, and a tad eerie. Each hand boasts three fingers with two joints, allowing them to flex in all directions. No more wood-crushing mishaps!


Atlas recently demonstrated its prowess by lifting a 30-pound car strut. Not just any strut—it's an object with intricate topography, like a 3D puzzle. First, Atlas balances the strut on a shelf, then slides it into place. The process involves recognizing the object, wrapping one hand around it, balancing it on the container's edge, and finally rotating it into position. It's like watching a robot ballet!


Atlas' newfound dexterity opens doors for real-world applications. Imagine robots assisting in warehouses, delicately handling fragile items, or assembling complex machinery. Whether it's stacking shelves or assembling widgets, Atlas is ready to lend a helping hand (literally). Plus, those creepy yet capable fingers might just become the unsung heroes of the AI revolution.


So keep an eye on Atlas—it's not just lifting car parts; it's lifting our expectations of what robots can do! Read more about Atlas' inventory adventures in the source article below. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the latest news in artificial intelligence!


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