Boston Dynamics: Atlas Update and LS3 Field Test

Boston Dynamics didn’t only introduced the WildCat today. They also shared informations about Atlas and the LS3 aka Big Dog. Atlas – our beloved anthropomorphic robot – is now able to operate on rough terrain:

The video shows Atlas balancing as it walks on rocky terrain and when pushed from the side. The balance and control system places the feet and swings the arms and upper body to stay upright. The controller uses inertial, kinematic and load data from Atlas’s sensors. Atlas is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA’s M3 program. For more information visit www.BostonDynamics.com 

And in this video you can see the four-legged LS3 – WildCat’s Big Brother – on a field test:

LS3, the Legged Squad Support System is a four-legged robot designed to travel 20 miles on rough terrain carrying 400 lbs of load. The video shows LS3 in field testing at Twentynine Palms, CA. Testing includes rough-terrain mobility, endurance, visually guided following, GPS guided maneuver, and overall reliability. Additional testing is taking place at various locations around the country, including Fort Picket VA, Fort Benning GA, Fort Devens MA and others. LS3 is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA and the US Marine Corps. For more information visit our website at www.BostonDynamics.com.