Boston Dynamics Atlas and Spot Robots can do a lot: sprinting, gymnastics routines, parkour, backflips, open doors to go to their friends’ army, wash dishes, and (poorly) get a real job. But the company’s latest video adds another impressive trick to our future robot overflow demonstrations: Exposing Sick Dance Moves.
The video features the entire Boston Dynamics lineup of robots – humanoid atlas, dog-shaped spots and box-jogging handles – all contrasting with “Do You Love Me.”
This is not the first time Boston Dynamics has showcased the dancing skills of its robot: the company showed a video of its spot robot performing “Uptown Funk” to the running man in 2018. But the new video takes things to another level with Atlas. The robot tore it up on the dance floor: moving smoothly, jumping, shuffling, and maneuvering through various moves.
Things become even more unbelievable as more robots file out, dancing around such coordinated dance routines that embarrass my own, inherently terrifying human dance. Compared to the jerky movements of the 2016 iteration of the Atlas, the new model looks almost the same CGI Construction.
Boston Dynamics was recently bought by Hyundai, which bought the robotics firm from 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 was known for its dog-like quadruple robot (most notably, the DARPA-funded BigDog, which the company K is a precursor to Spot, the first commercial robot).) It was purchased in 2013 by Alphabet’s X division, and again in 2017 by SoftBank.
While the atlas and handle robots depicted here are still only research prototypes, Boston Dynamics recently began selling spot models to any company for a considerable price of $ 74,500. But can you really afford a price to build your personal legacy of boogie robot minions?