Produced by Boston Dynamics, the Google-owned robotics company, Atlas is an anthromorphic robot designed with an articulated sensor head that includes stereo cameras and a laser range finder, whatever that means. According to his creators, "Sensate hands will enable Atlas to use tools designed for human use," likely helped by his "28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of freedom."
Atlas is funded by DARPA and ultimately being developed to tackle disaster scenarios unsafe for humans. Thankfully for us though, the robot's still got a lot of testing to do until his debut. Like proud parents, we'll be right here to encourage and closed mouth-laugh at all his progress.
Michelle No is an editorial assistant at Supercompressor and thinks Atlas would make the perfect combination ice breaker-wingman. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
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