Boston Dynamics took the leashes off its robots Atlas and SpotMini

In the future, Atlas will probably just vaporise the log or something. Picture: Boston Dynamics/YouTube

Atlas really is off its leash now.

The most talked-about robot in Boston Dynamics’ futuristic fleet was out running through the park in a video uploaded by the company this week. And its moves were smooth:

Robophobes, it’s not the pace you need to be worried about. It’s the unrelenting ability to wear you down.

Not even logs can stop Atlas:

Here’s the full workout:

And if you’re thinking about heading indoors, SpotMini is waiting for you, at the top of the stairs:

Boston Dynamics promises viewers that SpotMini isn’t being remotely controlled, although it was given a manual run through the area first to map the space.

Here’s what’s going on in the video:

During the autonomous run, SpotMini uses data from the cameras to localize itself in the map and to detect and avoid obstacles. Once the operator presses ‘GO’ at the beginning of the video, the robot is on its own.

Check out SpotMini’s navigation and collision avoidance technologies in action in the full video:

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