MAY 14, 2018 10:52 AM PDT

Atlas the Robot Goes Jogging in Suburbia: Video

WRITTEN BY: Julia Travers

In May 2018, Boston Dynamics shared a video of its Atlas robot out for a neighborhood jog. Much like Atlas' backflip video that received over 15 million views on YouTube in late 2017, this clip documents a new skillset for the advanced humanoid robot from Boston Dynamics, a U.S. engineering and robotics design company.

The video is just over 30 seconds and shows Atlas jogging with great aplomb and buoyancy through a grassy area in a neighborhood. When it approaches a log, it slows down and easily hops over.

Boston Dynamics also has an internet-famous canine-like robot called a SpotMini that it plans to start selling in 2019. The company was founded in 1992, has a home base in Massachusetts, and is a subsidiary of a Japanese conglomerate called SoftBank Group. It states is mission is to "build the most advanced robots on Earth, with remarkable mobility, agility, dexterity and speed."
About the Author
  • Julia Travers is a writer, artist and teacher. She frequently covers science, tech, conservation and the arts. She enjoys solutions journalism. Find more of her work at jtravers.journoportfolio.com.
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