DARPA has revealed the completed ATLAS humanoid robot, which is to star in the upcoming DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) – and it cuts a striking figure.
Designed by Boston Dynamics (the guys behind the BigDog,Cheetah, and LS3 quadrupeds), it’s being given to the top teams that recently competed in the Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC). Now those teams have less than six months to fine tune their software with the real robot before they face the first of two live challenges.
Standing 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) tall, and weighing 330 lb (150 kg), ATLAS towers over most people. To put that into perspective, the HRP-4, a Japanese robot designed to work alongside people, stands just 5 ft (1.5 m) tall and weighs a scant 86 lb (39 kg). It’s the heavy-duty sibling of the company’s PETMAN robot, which was designed to test chemical protection suits.
Like its quadrupeds, Boston Dynamics’ engineers opted to go with hydraulics for powering its 28 joints, so it is equipped with a hydraulic pump and a thermal regulator. Hydraulic power gives it a lot more strength than the electric motors found in most other humanoid robots, but the trade-off is they’re a bit more difficult to control. In turn, ATLAS is also power hungry, requiring a tether for its 480 V three-phase power at 15 kW and for its 10 Gbps Fiber Optic Ethernet networking connection. It carries its own real-time control computer, but it will be fed commands by human operators.
The robot also contains parts developed outside of Boston Dynamics. Some of ATLAS’ height, for example, comes from a large sensor head with LIDAR and multiple cameras developed at Carnegie Mellon University, while its four-fingered hands are provided by iRobot and Sandia National Laboratories.
ATLAS is no pushover, and I mean that quite literally.
There were two sets of “tracks,” or divisions, competing in the software challenge. Teams in Track B were given funding, while teams in Track C were not, but they each had equal access to the DRC simulator, which not only provided the means of controlling the simulated robot in the recent VRC, but will also act as a pass-through for controlling the physical robot during the DRC Trials and the DRC Finals. The VRC winners to get their own ATLAS robot and a cool US$750,000 in DARPA funding are as follows:
The Latest Bing News on:
ATLAS humanoid robot
- The Human Brain Project: six achievements of Europe’s largest neuroscience programmeon October 11, 2021 at 12:35 pm
While humans have walked on the Moon and sent probes all over the solar system, our understanding of our own brain is still severely lacking. We do not have complete knowledge of how brain structure, ...
- The Human Brain Project: five achievements of Europe’s largest neuroscience programmeon October 11, 2021 at 1:01 am
It is nearly eight years since the start of the Human Brain Project (HBP) in Europe, which aims to unravel the brain’s mysteries. After a difficult start, the project has made substantial discoveries ...
- NASA Wants to Visit 8 Asteroids With Its New Spacecrafton October 8, 2021 at 11:48 am
Lucy probe is scheduled to launch on October 16th, 2021 atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket for a 12-year long tour of the solar system.
- The AI that accurately predicts the chances of rainon October 6, 2021 at 9:59 am
AI weather forecasters, mapping the human brain, and the 2021 science Nobel prizes. Short-term rain predictions are a significant challenge for meteorologists. Now, a team of researchers have come up ...
- Honda sets its sights on an eVTOL, telepresence robot and space techon September 30, 2021 at 11:43 pm
Honda has laid out new technologies it plans to pursue in the coming decades. Building on current areas of expertise, the company will look to develop an eVTOL for inter-city transport, a robot that ...
- Researchers Are Teaching Robots to Share the Sidewalk With Pedestrianson September 27, 2021 at 12:36 pm
We have our popular Spot and Atlas robots from Boston Dynamics ... Then there’s Digit, the strange-looking humanoid developed by Agile Robotics, which was made for work, being able to carry ...
- Boston Dynamics Is Now Selling its 'Spot' Roboton September 21, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Boston Dynamics also released the latest of its now infamous YouTube videos showing off its robots' capabilities. This time the company revealed some of the latest developments with its Atlas humanoid ...
- This humanoid robot is heading to work in warehouseson September 17, 2021 at 5:46 am
Of course, Digit isn't the only humanoid robot making headlines. Boston Dynamics has long captured our imaginations with Atlas, its backflipping, somersaulting, acrobatic robot. Tesla has also ...
- Softbank's Masayoshi Son says 'smart robots' will replace the entire working populationon September 14, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Son's keynote address was accompanied by videos of Boston Dynamics' humanoid Atlas robots running and jumping, as well as canister-shaped machines cleaning floors. However, he offered no specifics ...
- The Atlas Robot is Agile Enough to Mimic 'The Karate Kid'on September 13, 2021 at 5:01 pm
Thanks to software created by the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), a research group based out of the Florida University system, the Atlas robot has achieved an impressive ...
The Latest Google Headlines on:
ATLAS humanoid robot
The Latest Bing News on:
- 'Game-changing': Kentucky's only robotics research center now open on UofL's campuson October 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm
UofL leaders opened a brand new 10,000 sq. ft. facility on Arthur Street dedicated to robotics research, education and collaboration.
- Inside UofL's new home for the Louisville Automation and Robotics Research Instituteon October 11, 2021 at 11:30 am
The 10,000-square-foot space, located within the J.B. Speed School Innovation Center on Arthur Street in Louisville, is the only robotics research center in Kentucky.
- University of Louisville opens dedicated space for robotics research, education and collaborationon October 11, 2021 at 11:01 am
The Louisville Automation and Robotics Research Institute (LARRI) has opened a 10,000-square-foot space dedicated to research, education and collaboration in automation and robotics on the University ...
- New robotics center at UofL creates robots for healthcare researchon October 11, 2021 at 10:45 am
The Louisville Automation and Robotics Research Institute opened Monday in the J.B. Speed School Innovation Center on Arthur Street.
- Now Scientists Have Created A Flying Robot That Can Ride A Skateboard, Balance On A Slacklineon October 11, 2021 at 10:28 am
Caltech and Northeastern Univ. have created LEO, a human-like robot that can walk, fly, ride a skateboard and balance on a slackline. (VIDEO) ...
- A visit from a social robot improves hospitalized children’s outlookon October 11, 2021 at 6:56 am
A new study finds a visit from human-controlled robot encourages a positive outlook and improves medical interactions for hospitalized children.
- Rise of the Robots: The Future of Robotics is Socialon October 11, 2021 at 6:52 am
As an example, an autonomous robot named ‘Xavier’ has been deployed in Singapore to stamp out undesirable social behaviour such as smoking in prohibited areas and illegal bicycle parking. As the world ...
- Small robots replace majority human workers at Nissan's ‘intelligent factory’on October 9, 2021 at 1:17 pm
While robots perform a variety of tasks at Nissan's intelligent factory in Tokyo, human workers are able to focus on more skilled work..Robots even do paint jobs and inspect their own paint jobs at ...
- Japanese robotics company solves empty stadium dilemma with 100-humanoid-robot cheerleading squadon October 7, 2021 at 11:19 am
Oct. 6, has garnered over 11,000 likes as of this writing. In the short clip, robots can be seen mimicking humans by clapping, waving their robotic arms, moving their heads and bowing.
- Robotics pioneer Yoky Matsuoka on the human touch in her new personal assistant venture Yohanaon October 6, 2021 at 12:35 pm
Yoky Matsuoka has served as head of innovation at Google and as chief technology officer at Nest, and she won a prestigious MacArthur “genius” award in 2007 while a professor at the University ...