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One small step for a robot, one giant leap for robotkind

2 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) developed a control algorithm enabling Boston Dynamics' Atlas humanoid robot to walk across a short stretch of rocky terrain. It's much harder than you might think. "After each step the robot explores the new foothold by shifting its weight around its foot," IMHC explains. Show More Summary

Atlas trots across tricky terrain with ease

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

After getting its Boston Dynamic Atlas robot to perform a brief balancing act on a thin strip of ply earlier this year, the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition has loaded up a new algorithm that allows the bipedal bot toShow More Summary

Oh Goody: ATLAS Humanoid Robot Upgraded To Balance On Uneven Footholds

3 days agoHumor / odd : Geekologie

Because the apocalypse can't come soon enough, researchers at the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition have upgraded Boston Dynamics' ATLAS humanoid robot with a new balancing algorithm that allows the robot to walk on surfaces that only part of his foot can make contact with. Show More Summary


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Atlas Humanoid Robot Can Now Walk over Tricky Terrain

Researchers at the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition have programmed Boston Dynamics’ Atlas humanoid robot to walk over partial footholds thanks to a new balancing algorithm. Essentially this means that it can handle rougher terrain…

An Upgrade to the Atlas Humanoid Robot Allows It to Walk Over Partial Footholds

3 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Researchers at the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition have programmed the Atlas humanoid robot to walk over partial footholds using a new balancing algorithm. The improved balance lets the Boston Dynamics robot balance on edges that only make contact with part of its feet. In simulation, the robot can also take quick steps over […]

Scientists Explain Deadly Wave of Molasses in Boston

Nearly a century after what researchers call a "tsunami of molasses" descended on Boston, Harvard physicists say that fluid dynamics equations that hadn't yet been written now explain why the disaster proved so deadly—and that the cold weather is partly to blame. In January of 1919, 2.3 million...

Physics Week in Review: November 26, 2016

Hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving holiday. There was still plenty of good physics about. For instance, I had fun writing about the fluid dynamics of the 1919 Boston Molasses Flood for New Scientist, featuring new work by Nicole Sharp,...

Reach Robotics’ MekaMon is now ready to rumble in augmented reality

Though not quite as destructive as MegaBots, or as humbling as Boston Dynamics, Reach Robotics’ MekaMon might just be the most fun and accessible robot on the market. Leveraging augmented reality, anyone interested in a good time can whip out their smartphone to battle their bots in the physical and virtual worlds at the same time. Show More Summary

Steve Vai Brings Guitar Show to Boston’s Wilbur Theatre (PHOTOS)

Steve Vai brought his dynamic guitar show to Boston’s Wilbur Theatre on 11/6/16. Photos by Marc Lacatell E The post Steve Vai Brings Guitar Show to Boston’s Wilbur Theatre (PHOTOS) appeared first on Glide Magazine.

DRAFT: Did Macroeconomic Policy Play a Different Role in the (Post-2009) Recovery?

J. Bradford DeLong U.C. Berkeley October 15, 2016 Federal Reserve Bank of Boston 60th Economic Conference The Elusive “Great” Recovery: Causes and Implications for Future Business Cycle Dynamics Abstract: How has macroeconomic policy been different in this recovery? In banking and regulatory policy, it has been distinguished from earlier patterns—or...

Disney's one-legged robot hops into action without a tether

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Bipedal robots, such as Boston Dynamics' Atlas may be able to balance on one leg, but Disney Research has gone one better and built a one-legged hopping robot. This unidexter automaton isn't the first hopping robot, but it's the first...Show More Summary

Mini quadruped robot may bound its way into your heart

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Although people are fascinated by quadruped robots such as those made by Boston Dynamics, it's unlikely that they'll ever be able to afford such complex machines themselves. Scale things down a bit, though, and four-legged-robot-ownership starts becoming more of a possibility. Show More Summary

The Boston Dynamics Atlas Robot Balances Precariously on a Two-Centimeter-Wide Board

3 months agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

The Atlas robot built by Boston Dynamics precariously balanced on a two-centimeter-wide board using just its onboard sensors and an algorithm developed by the IHMC Robotics lab. IHMC admitted in the video description that the video was a “lucky run” and that the robot usually doesn’t manage to hold its balance for very long. The […]

Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert demos the Spot at Disrupt

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : CrunchGear

The audience at Disrupt got a surprise visit from Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot. While the company’s YouTube channel is quite popular, it’s even more impressive to see one of Boston Robotics’ robots in action. Boston Dynamics founder and CEO Marc Raibert got interviewed by TechCrunch’s Brian Heater. The two of them spent some time commenting on a video of the… Read More

Fall Already!: Boston Dynamics' Latest Humanoid Robot Balancing On One Foot

3 months agoHumor / odd : Geekologie

This is a video of Boston Dynamics' latest Atlas robot balancing on one foot on an impressively thin piece of wood. What a skill to have! I can balance on one foot and look how far it's gotten me: nowhere. I've already been denied an act in the circus twice already even though I promised to set myself on fire. Keep going for the video while I practice my jumpkicks.

Atlas robot pulls off delicate balancing act

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Having previously shown off impressive capabilities dealing with uneven ground and being pushed around, the humanoid Atlas robot built by Boston Dynamics has now demonstrated the ability to balance unaided on the edge of a plywood board...Show More Summary

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas Humanoid Robot Balances on One Foot

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : technabob

Despite years of trying, humanoid robots still have problems staying upright, especially in unusual situations, but they are making some progress. Check out this video showing Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot balancing on one foot on th...

One man built a robot that looks eerily similar to Scarlett Johansson

There are plenty of humanoid robots in the world, sure, but most of them look like murderous Terminator droids. Exhibit A: The Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics. One man, however, dreamed of a more human-looking droid — one that looks,...Show More Summary

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