Dy­namic duo

How It Works - - TECHNOLOGY -

The cre­ation by Dis­ney’s re­search di­vi­sion is not the only ro­bot ca­pa­ble of som­er­sault­ing on its own. One of the lead­ing de­vel­op­ers in ro­bot­ics is Bos­ton Dy­nam­ics, and they have cre­ated a ro­bot that can per­form a per­fect back­flip. At­las is a hu­manoid ro­bot that can co­or­di­nate its limbs and torso to repli­cate hu­man mo­tion. It uses li­dar and stereo cam­era vi­sion as its eyes to see the world. Li­dar is a de­tec­tion sys­tem to map out At­las’ sur­round­ings, much like radar but us­ing light. This ‘light radar’ mea­sures the time taken for a small beam of light to hit the ground or sur­round­ings and re­turn to At­las. This time can then be con­verted into dis­tance, cre­at­ing the per­fect pic­ture of the world around it.

At­las was cre­ated by Bos­ton Dy­nam­ics and is de­signed for search and res­cue mis­sions

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