Boston Dynamics’ Atlas and Spot robots can do many things: sprint, gymnastics routines, parkour, backflips, open doors to let in an army of their friends, wash up and (poorly) get actual jobs. But the company’s latest video adds another impressive trick to our future robot overlords’ repertoire: busting sick dance steps.
The video shows Boston Dynamics the full range of robots – the humanoid Atlas, the dog-shaped place and the box juggling handle – all in a thumping, coordinated dance routine set to The Contours’ “Do You Love Me.”
This is not the first time Boston Dynamics has demonstrated the robots’ dancing skills: the company showed a video of the Spot robot that made Running Man “Uptown Funk” in 2018. but the new video takes things to another level, with Atlas. robot that tears it up on the dance floor: runs smoothly, jumps, sticks and spins through various moves.
Things get even more incredible as more robots archive and bounce around in the kind of coordinated dance routine that puts my own, albeit terrible, human dance to shame. Compared to the jerky movements of the Atlas iteration in 2016, the new model looks almost like a CGI creation.
Boston Dynamics was recently acquired by Hyundai, which bought the robotics company SoftBank in a $ 1.1 billion deal. The company was originally founded in 1992 as a spin-off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where it became known for its dog-like four-legged robots (especially the DARPA-funded BigDog, a forerunner of the company’s first commercial robot, Spot.) It was acquired by Alphabetets X-division in 2013, and then by Softbank in 2017.
While the Atlas and Handle robots discussed here are still just research prototypes, Boston Dynamics has recently begun selling the Spot model to any company at a significant price of $ 74,500. But can you really appreciate making your own personal legion with boogieing robot minions?