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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 is a Product Development Engineer at MAKE. He creates kits and sources products for sale in the Maker Shed, focusing primarily on manufacturing. Occasionally he writes about cool things for the blog and magazine.



  1. Sean says:

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

    1. Eric Weinhoffer says:

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

  2. Richard says:

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

  3. neutrox says:

    ATLAS? whats next P-body xD

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