Incredible footage shows Google”s new robot being pushed over by a human – then getting right back up.
Boston Dynamics – a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet – has released video of the new version of its humanoid robot called Atlas.
It shows the 175cm-tall Atlas stepping out from a line-up of other robots, before walking off and pushing open a door to go outside.
It successfully walks over bumpy, snow-covered terrain, before strolling side-by-side with one of the developers.
After showing off its strength by lifting two 10-pound boxes onto some shelves, a man knocks a box out of its hands to see how it reacts.
But it”s not a problem for Atlas, which goes to pick it up and carry on with its tasks.
Perhaps the most impressive moment in the clip is when Atlas is shoved over – falling flat on its front.
For most robots, that would be game over – but Atlas uses its arms to thrust itself back onto its feet before walking off.
A previous version of Atlas struggled at the recent “robolympics” – the DARPA Robotics Challenge – when it fell repeatedly and needed a crane to get up.
Atlas uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles and assess terrain.