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Built by Boston Dynamics for the Darpa Robotics Challenge, Atlas's specifications are as follows:

  • Six feet, two inches tall (1.88m)
  • 330 pounds (150kg)
  • On-board real-time control computer
  • On-board hydraulic pump and thermal management
  • Tethered for networking and 480-V three-phase power at 15 kW
  • Two arms, two legs, a torso and a head
  • 28 hydraulically actuated joints
  • Carnegie Robotics sensor head with LIDAR and stereo sensors
  • Two sets of hands, one provided by iRobot and one by Sandia National Labs

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Before screaming, "Skynet!", rest assured in the fact that it is designed "to advance disaster response robotics" (not disaster robotics), is tethered for power, and currently has the agility "roughly at the competence level of a 1-year-old child."

This is pretty exciting and I hope io9 will be following this closely. Check out the trials listed at ieeespectrum.

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