Boston Dynamics’ Atlas and Spot robots can do many things: sprints, gymnastics routines, parkour, backflips, open doors to army of their friends, wash dishes, and (poorly) get actual work. But the company’s latest video adds another impressive trick to our future robot overlord’s repertoire: eliminate pathological dance steps.
In the video, I saw the entire robot lineup of Boston Dynamics, including the humanoid robot Atlas, the dog-shaped Spot, and the handbox for acrobatic performances. These actions are all set in accordance with The Contours’ “Do You Love Me” A coordinated dance program.
This is not the first time Boston Dynamics has demonstrated the dancing skills of its robots: the company showed off its Spot robot’s 2018 “Running Man” to “Uptown Punk” video. However, the new video takes Atlas to a new height. The robot tears it apart on the dance floor: running, jumping, dragging and spinning smoothly, through different actions.
With the advent of more robots, things became even more incredible, beating back and forth in a coordinated dance routine, which made my own, recognizedly terrifying human dance shameful. Compared with the intense exercise of the 2016 version of Atlas, the new model is almost like a CGI creation.
Boston Dynamics was recently acquired by Hyundai Motor Company, which bought the robotics company from SoftBank for $1.1 billion. The company was originally founded in 1992 and was originally derived from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where it is known for its dog-shaped quadruped robots (the most famous is BigDog funded by DARPA, which is the company’s first The predecessor of a commercial robot Spot). ) It was acquired by Alphabet’s X division in 2013 and then by SoftBank in 2017.
Although the Atlas and Handle robots shown here are still just research prototypes, Boston Dynamics has recently started selling Spot models to any company for a respectable price of $74,500. But can you really pay the price for creating your own large number of slave robot soldiers?