Google-Owned Boston Dynamics Unveil Atlas Robot With Karate Kid Moves
Boston Dynamics, a robotics company owned by tech giant, Google, has just unveiled a new video featuring their Atlas robot showing off some shiny, Karate-themed moves. Standing 6'2" tall, Atlas, who often goes by the name of Ian, is part of a project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), which seeks to create robotic solutions that can replace humans in emergency response situations. Now it would seem that one such emergency situation that Ian may be placed into is a showdown with Cobra Kai at the All-Valley State Karate championship, because these moves look like they could only be taught by none other than Karate Kid's Mr. Miyagi!
Do those moves look familiar? Let's take a trip to California circa 1984 to see where Atlas got his inspiration from...
Sure, Atlas might not move as quickly as the Karate kid, but that's still not a bad performance for a robot.
Atlas's two-legged, humanoid form means he can negotiate tricky terrain while leaving his upper body free to carry out essential tasks. Although Atlas currently requires a wired electrical hook-up to function, the hope is that future iterations of the robot will be wireless, enabling them to scale rocky terrain either on two legs or all fours, and completely untethered.