DARPA has been working on a few impressive humanoid robots (which I’ve written about) for the past few years. As before, they’re collaborating with Boston Dynamics to develop the ATLAS humanoid, and they’ve clearly come a long way since developing its younger sibling, the Pet-Proto, as the below video proves. Unlike Pet-Proto, the 74″ ATLAS has arms with modular wrists, giving it near-human anthropometry.

Skip to 0:40 for the really good stuff.

ATLAS’ 28 hydraulically actuated joints are in a closed-loop system, granting the humanoid serious crash protection and extremely precise motion control. Software-focused teams will utilize this fascinating hardware to compete in the first physical event of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, in December of this year at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Eric Weinhoffer

Eric Weinhoffer

Eric is a Manufacturing Engineer at Other Machine Co., where he uses large machines to make smaller machines. When not building things, Eric enjoys skiing, cycling, and climbing.

  • Sean

    How could someone put that much effort into building something like that and NOT put a cylon eye on it?

    • Eric Weinhoffer

      That’s a fantastic question. At least they put some blue LEDs into that grill on the front!

  • Richard

    Is that a Flux Capacitor on its chest? How about entering him in the Robot Combat League

  • neutrox

    ATLAS? whats next P-body xD