Meet Atlas, one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever built. The 6-foot, 330 pound robot was designed for search and rescue and disaster response. It is one lean, mean machine, almost ready to take on missions deemed too dangerous for humans. The hardware for Atlas was developed by Boston Dynamics, funded by DARPA, and introduced to the public on July 11, 2013. The impressive hands were developed by iRobot and Sandia National Labs, and the head with innovative sensors by Carnegie Robotics.
The software brains are being developed by several research teams to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (2013-2015). The contest was designed to help humankind deal with future disasters and was inspired by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown in 2011. Teams will be enhancing Atlas’ capabilities (as well as advancing other top robots like Schaft S-One, CHIMP and RoboSimian ) to conquer challenges such as driving a vehicle, navigating rough terrain, clearing debris, climbing a ladder, opening a door, breaking through a wall, turning valves and attaching hoses. Should be exciting to watch! Finals will take place June 5-6, 2015 in Pomona, California.
A humanoid bipedal (2 footed) robot
Built for search and rescue and disaster response
Measures 6.2 feet tall (1.88m), and 330 pounds (150kg)
Developed by Boston Dynamics with $30 million DARPA funding
Can navigate rough terrain and climb independently
Has a full suite of sensors, actuators, and 28 hydraulically actuated joints
Hands were developed by iRobot and Sandia National Labs
Head with laser rangefinder and stereo cameras by Carnegie Robotics
Watch Atlas in action:
Atlas can now handle rough terrain:
Source: Boston Dynamics