Boston Dynamic's Dog Robot Can Now Run Autonomously

Boston Dynamics took the leashes off its robots Atlas and SpotMini

Watch Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot leave the lab for a run to clear its head

In a video shared to YouTube yesterday (May 10) by the robot maker, the uncannily human-like Atlas demonstrates running ability that is eerily reminiscent of a person. Apart from walking, which we've seen done countless times, the main focus is its hop over a branch.

The robot is able to move around on rough terrain and jump over objects using stereo vision, range sensing and other sensors.

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According to the Boston Dynamics website, Atlas is part of a line of "advanced humanoid robots" being developed by the company, which started as a spinoff from MIT.

"Getting some air, Atlas?" the Waltham-based robotics company titled the video.

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In the second clip, Boston Dynamics showed off the dog-like SpotMini robot climb up and down stairs.

We are all this robot, striving and growing to be better. Once the robot has mapped the area, it uses the cameras mounted on its front, back and sides to navigate autonomously.

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Once SpotMini familiarizes itself with the building's layout, it's able to get to the programmed destination all by itself, without hitting any walls or obstacles. Once the operator presses "GO" at the beginning of the video, the robot is on its own.

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