Blazing Cat Fur
Hail our robot overlords
I knew it!
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.
The robot weighs 180lbs
That is way less than I thought, I would have guest at least double.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.