I can’t even do jumping jacks without fear of pulling something. Now the robots do backflips?!
In a new video posted on YouTube Thursday, Boston Dynamics further proved that the droids we’re looking for are going to see us way before we see them.
The company’s Atlas humanoid jumps up onto a series of boxes while maintaining its balance. It spins around and jumps back to the ground, and then jumps to an even higher box. Then it spins, crouches and backflips. Atlas sticks the landing and even raises its arms above its head in triumph.
Great. I skipped two steps on the way out the door today and thought I knew parkour.
There’s a slo-motion replay if you really want to take it all in. And at the very end there are a couple bloopers, where the machine loses its balance and even falls robot-face first into the box. Thanks for adding that, Boston Dynamics. I’ll take that scenario in the nightmare where it’s chasing me.
The video comes just a couple days after the company, formerly part of Google parent Alphabet, and sold to SoftBank in June, released a video of SpotMini, a robot dog that will run up to you and crouch down to get a better look.
Then the thing trots off … probably to find Atlas and tell him where you’re hiding.