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