Evolution of BOSTON DYNAMICS ROBOTS by Fact Hunter   10 months ago


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Evolution of Boston Dynamics ROBOTS.

BigDog was a quadrupedal robot created in 2005 by Boston Dynamics, in conjunction with Foster-Miller, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Harvard University Concord Field Station. It was funded by the DARPA in the hopes that it would be able to serve as a robotic pack mule to accompany soldiers in terrain too rough for vehicles, but the project was shelved after BigDog was deemed too loud to be used in combat. Instead of wheels, BigDog used four legs for movement, allowing it to move across surfaces that would defeat wheels. Called "the world's most ambitious legged robot", it was designed to carry 340 pounds (150 kg) alongside a soldier at 4 miles per hour (6.4 km/h; 1.8 m/s), traversing rough terrain at inclines up to 35 degrees.

PETMAN (Protection Ensemble Test Mannequin)is a bipedal device constructed for testing chemical protection suits. It is the first anthropomorphic robot that moves dynamically like a real person. Much of its technology is derived from BigDog.

The Agile Anthropomorphic Robot "Atlas" is a 6-foot (183 cm) bipedal humanoid robot, based on Boston Dynamics' earlier PETMAN humanoid robot, and designed for a variety of search and rescue tasks.

Atlas is a high mobility, humanoid robot designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain. Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment. In extremely challenging terrain, Atlas is strong and coordinated enough to climb using hands and feet, to pick its way through congested spaces. Articulated, sensate hands will enable Atlas to use tools designed for human use. Atlas includes 28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of freedom, two hands, arms, legs, feet and a torso. An articulated sensor head includes stereo cameras and a laser range finder. The first versions of Atlas were powered from an off-board, electric power supply via a flexible tether. Several copies of the Atlas robot are being provided as Government Furnished Equipment for the DARPA Robotics Challenge program with delivery scheduled in the summer of 2013.

In November 2017 an update Youtube Video to the atlas robot was posted, showing a range of new abilities for atlas. These included jumping, 180 degree jumps, and backflips.

In a 2018 viral promotional video, SpotMini's tail falls off as it is struggles to overcome interference
Boston Dynamics released the four-legged canine-inspired SpotMini which only weighs 25 kg (55 pounds) and is lighter than their other products. The robot runs off of electricity and can operate for about 90 minutes, all depending on the tasks it is set to complete. Spot Mini is one of the quietest robots that Boston Dynamics has released.

In February 2018, a promotional video of the SpotMini using its forward claw to open a door for another robot reached #1 on YouTube, with over 2 million views. A later video the same month showed the SpotMini persisting in attempting to open the door in the face of human interference. Viewers perceived the robot as "creepy" and "reminiscent of all kinds of sci-fi robots that wouldn't give up in their missions to seek and destroy".

Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft (198 cm) tall, travels at 9 mph (14.5 km/h) and jumps 4 feet (122 cm) vertically. It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles (24 km) on one battery charge. Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles found in the quadruped and biped robots Boston Dynamics builds, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds.

This is the video of how boston dynamics robots evolved from old bigdog to new advanced atlas and spotmini.
Boston Dynamics made advanced robots like handle, spotmini, atlas,petmini, wild cat and many more which are used to various home purpose and demonstration.

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Original website: https://www.bostondynamics.com/

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