Ok, so maybe strolling isn’t exactly the right word, but it definitely get by. There have been tons of 3D printed robots and prosthetics recently, but makers have been struggling with the concept of a bi-pedal machine that can walk effectively, especially on rough terrain. But Google subsidiary Boston Dynamics isn’t only succeeding, they are thriving. As usual they are doing it with the help of 3D printing by creating perfectly fitted lightweight parts that allow the robot to maintain balance.
Boston Dynamics who were bought by Google back in 2013 have produced a robot that can successfully traverse and keep balance in varied terrain. They have showcased the robot’s (dubbed Atlas) capabilities by taking it through the woods, and the results are more than a little im pressive. Marc Raibert the companies’ founder hast stated that “We’re making pretty good progress so it has mobility that’s sort of within shooting range of yours,’ he said. ‘We’re interested in getting this robot out into the world. Out in the world is a totally different challenge than [being] in the lab — you can’t predict what it’s going to be like. All kinds of stuff happens out there, and we’re making pretty good progress on making it so that it has mobility that’s sort of within shooting range of yours. I’m not saying it can do all the things you can do, but you can imagine that if we keep pushing, we’ll get there.”
You can see the video of the first test run below.
Alec. “Google’s Partially 3D Printed Humanoid Atlas Robot Goes on Successful Walk in the Woods.” 3ders.org. 3Ders.org, 18 Aug. 2015. Web. 19 Aug. 2015.