Watch the Next Generation Atlas Robot Get Bullied By A Mean Human (And Stay On His Feet)
The latest version of ATLAS getting violently poked with a hockey stick and maintaining his balance (Boston Dynamics)


The most striking thing about this new version is the amazing balance Atlas achieves. I’ve never seen a humanoid robot with this kind of agility.


Watch the Next Generation Atlas Robot Get Bullied By A Mean Human (And Stay On His Feet)
The latest version of ATLAS picking up 10 pound boxes and placing them on a shelf (Boston Dynamics)

This version of Atlas can not only walk over rough terrain, but he can squat and pick up boxes. You can even push Atlas violently with a hockey stick and he’ll maintain his balance. And his most incredible accomplishment? He can stand up after falling down.

When I was in Pomona, California for the DARPA Robotics Challenge this past summer one of the most difficult things that all the competing teams faced was simply keeping their robots upright. Remember all those funny gifs or robots awkwardly falling down?

They couldn’t pick themselves back up.


Watch the Next Generation Atlas Robot Get Bullied By A Mean Human (And Stay On His Feet)
An ATLAS robot falling down at the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge

Many teams used the Atlas body—with their own software and alterations—and whenever an Atlas version fell over, the team would have to reset and start the robot from the beginning of the course.

Not anymore:


Watch the Next Generation Atlas Robot Get Bullied By A Mean Human (And Stay On His Feet)
The latest version of ATLAS picking himself up after falling (Boston Dynamics)