• Hard Little Machine

    Hail our robot overlords

  • BradThomas

    OK, I’m officially impressed.

    I notice that it was lifting only 10 pounds, and I wonder what that represents in terms of its own actual mass. But, of course, once they can get them to lift at all, and to balance properly, adding size and strength to these robots probably would be a minor challenge, comparatively. Imagine one that is 10, 20 feet tall: Would there be a use for such behemoths, in the building industry, perhaps?

    • I bet they’d be great at batting the proles about.

    • Exile1981

      The robot weighs 180lbs

      • Bataviawillem

        That is way less than I thought, I would have guest at least double.

        • Exile1981

          They 3D printed the legs and incorporated hollow channels for hydraulics. So no seperated lines. Also they custom built the servoys and actuators and saved 75% of the weight on those as well.

    • Dana Garcia

      Amazon has been sponsoring a competition for a robot that can pack boxes for shipment, now that Bezos has automated much of the warehouse operation. Atlas may be just the droid they’re looking for.


  • marty_p

    Probably has more intelligence than the average Tim Horton’s employee too.

  • Well we all remember what happened to the tin man in the Wizard of Oz. He got rusty.

  • V10_Rob

    They do not appear to be terribly resistant to hockey sticks.

    When Skynet becomes self-aware, Canada will be the primary target of the initial nuclear firestorm.

  • Can’t help thinking of Terminator movies, seeing this.

  • John

    Back in 1972 at MIT they did an experiment in which a ‘robot’ ( connected to a power source by cables) negotiated three different obstacles ( big boulders) over a distance of about 100 feet.

    It took the thing three days to accomplish the task.

    Give it another 10 or 12 years and things will really get going.