Karate Kid Robot by Boston Dynamics

November 11th, 2014 | Robot

Karate Kid Robot Atlas

The Karate Kid Robot was designed by Boston Dynamics (now owned by Google) and programmed by the robotics lab at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). The robot stands at 6 ft 2 in tall and weighs in at 330 lbs! And now that we’re teaching it how to do karate, this robot is truly becoming a fighting machine.

Here’s a bio from Boston Dynamics:

“Atlas (the trade name) is a high mobility, humanoid robot designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain. Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment. In extremely challenging terrain, Atlas is strong and coordinated enough to climb using hands and feet, to pick its way through congested spaces.
Articulated, sensate hands will enable Atlas to use tools designed for human use. Atlas includes 28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of freedom, two hands, arms, legs, feet and a torso.
An articulated sensor head includes stereo cameras and a laser range finder. Atlas is powered from an off-board, electric power supply via a flexible tether.
Several copies of the Atlas robot are being provided as Government Furnished Equipment for the DARPA Robotics Challenge program with delivery scheduled in the summer of 2013.”

Ian competed in the US Government’s Robot Olympics, and was apparently able to walk, carry a fire hose, and get in a car and drive it. I’m impressed! The robot only came in second, so I was terribly curious to find out who won!?

It was SCHAFT, from Japan (no surprise). Here’s the Shaft “highlight reel,” so to speak:

Now, we just need to see Atlas and SCHAFT fight in a death match.

The singularity is near…


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