Boston Dynamics' humanoid robot can now jump up stairs like a parkour pro

Boston Dynamics/YouTubeBoston Dynamics’ Atlas robot.
  • The robotics company Boston Dynamics on Thursday released a video of one of its robots doing parkour.
  • In the video, the Atlas robot, which is humanoid in appearance, jumps over a log and then hops up a series of platforms.
  • Boston Dynamics is known for creating robots whose movements closely resemble those of humans and animals.

Boston Dynamics, the robotics company formerly owned by Google, keeps giving its humanoid robots new abilities.

They can open doors, go for a jog outside, and even resist being pulled around by human engineers.

Now those engineers have given one of their robots the ability to do parkour.

Atlas is Boston Dynamics’ humanoid robot. You may have already seen it performing a backflip.

In a video published by Boston Dynamics on Thursday, Atlas runs and jumps over a log – no big deal, as we’ve seen it do this before – then nimbly hops up a series of platforms.

Watch Atlas do parkour here:

Boston Dynamics has previously caused a stir by creating robots that imitate human or animal movement. Its dog-like robots even inspired an episode of “Black Mirror.”

Spot robot dog against FidoYouTube/jurvetsonBoston Dynamics’ Spot robot.

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