New twist on robotics: Boston Dynamics showcases Atlas’ agility with gymnastics

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The team wrote that the robot uses all of its ‘body’ to run through the movements and that new techniques were used to “streamline” the processes.

“First, an optimization algorithm transforms high-level descriptions of each maneuver into dynamically-feasible reference motions,” they explain. “Then Atlas tracks the motions using a model predictive controller that smoothly blends from one maneuver to the next.”

YouTube viewers were equal parts alarmed and impressed by the flawlessness and flexibility of the mechanical gymnast. “So they won’t just be able to destroy us, but now they will also be fabulous while doing it,” one wrote after watching the footage.