Computer scientists have created machines that have the balance and agility to walk and run across rough and uneven terrain, making them far more useful in navigating human environments.
Walking is an extraordinary feat of bio-mechanical engineering. Every step requires balance and the ability to adapt to instability in a split second. It requires quick adjustment of foot while walking.Then calculate that how much force applied to sudden change of the direction. No wonder, then, that until now robots have not been very good at it.
Atlas is a humanoid robot created by Boston Dynamics, a company that Google acquired in December 2013. It can walk across rough terrain and even run on flat ground. Atlas has an exceptional sense of balance and can stabilize itself with ease, demonstrates the abilities that robots will need to move around human environment safely and easily as compared to previous robots such as Honda’s ASIMO and Sony’s diminutive QRIO which are able to walk but cannot quickly adjust their balance, as a result are often awkward, and limited in practical value
Robots that walk properly could eventually find far greater use in emergency rescue operations. They could also play a role in routine jobs such as helping elderly or physically disabled people with chores and daily tasks in the home.