Google's former robotics division has a backflipping robot now, and everything is fine

Boston dynamics atlasYouTube/Boston DynamicsBoston Dynamics’ back-flipping Atlas robot.
  • Boston Dynamics is back with updates to Atlas, its humanoid robot. Now, Atlas can do a backflip. 
  • Google sold Boston Dynamics to Softbank earlier this year. 
  • Boston Dynamics’ robots are both cool and creepy.


Boston Dynamics may have switched owners from Google to Softbank
a few months ago, but development of its creepy-but-cool robots continues apace. 

For instance, here’s a new video of Boston Dynamics’ human-like Atlas, which can now do a backflip. But don’t worry, that’s definitely not something we mere humans should be scared about.

Check it out:

It’s so close to lifelike — and yet not.

It seems like Boston Dynamics is ready to show a little bit more about what it’s been working on. Earlier this week, the company demonstrated the newest version of its SpotMini robot dog in a video that shot to the top of the YouTube charts.

And because we’re getting closer to the holiday season, here’s Boston Dynamics’ 2015 Christmas card, in which older versions of SpotMini take “Santa” on a ride.

Everything is fine.

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