Boston Dynamics’ Atlas humanoid robot goes electric


Boston Dynamics recently retired its iconic Atlas robot, which was previously powered by hydraulic systems. In its place, the company introduced a new iteration of the Atlas robot, now powered by electricity.

The transition from hydraulics to electric power might appear insignificant at first glance, but the outdated hydraulic system prompted the shift. Boston Dynamics, a subsidiary of Hyundai, opted for electric power to enhance the robot’s performance. The new Atlas robot showcases a sleeker design and improved range of motion. These enhancements in size, flexibility, and maneuverability are not merely aesthetic; they unlock new possibilities for use cases and potential work environments for humanoid robots.

Although details about the new Atlas are somewhat scarce at the moment, which is understandable given its ongoing development, it is slated to be deployed initially in Hyundai factories before being introduced to the broader market.

Beyond Boston Dynamics, several other startups are actively engaged in humanoid robot projects, including Figure, Agility, and Tesla, among others. The competition in this space is encouraging, as it promises accelerated progress towards the creation of a versatile humanoid robot capable of learning and performing various tasks.

AI is expected to play a pivotal role in the evolution of robotics, enabling robots to move beyond set, repetitive tasks and learn new capabilities without explicit programming. While the integration of advanced AI technologies into today’s robots may take time, it heralds a future where robots can adapt and evolve independently. The prospect of this advancement is both exciting and eagerly awaited.