The ATLAS Robot Will Soon Be Walking Without a Tether

As impressive as Boston Dynamics' humanoid robot ATLAS moves, it's still not completely free to explore wherever it wants. Thick trunk lines keep it tethered to machinery and pumps that provide power, hyrdraulic fluids, and of course communications and data. But researchers at MIT are now working to free ATLAS of its… » 4/08/14 11:20am 4/08/14 11:20am

Watch the DARPA Challenge and the Future Of Robotics Live Right Here

We've seen countless videos of ATLAS and other advanced robots strutting their stuff, but now it's officially time for all of them to put their money where their mouths are (wait, do robots have mouths?) as the DARPA Robotics Challenge officially gets underway. And you can watch a live stream of the events as they… » 12/21/13 12:20pm 12/21/13 12:20pm

Human-ish ATLAS Robot Can (Almost) Traverse a Teenager's Messy Bedroom

ATLAS, Boston Dynamic's great robotic hope and the obvious star of DARPA's Robotics Challenge, is one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever created. It's capable of surprisingly human like movements and motions, and could one day replace soldiers in the battlefield the same way drones have replaced pilots in the… » 11/22/13 6:20pm 11/22/13 6:20pm

It's Confirmed, DARPA's ATLAS Humanoid Can Officially Replace Humanity

As we creep closer to the Robotics Challenge officially getting under way, Boston Dynamics gives us another glimpse of its DARPA-funded ATLAS robot being tested in the lab. This time we get to see the unsettling peek at our future carefully tip-toeing its away across a rock-strewn simulated debris field, with… » 10/04/13 8:14am 10/04/13 8:14am

Another Round With ATLAS, DARPA's Most Unsettling Humanoid Robot Yet

Our first real look at ATLAS: DARPA and Boston Dynamics sophisticated humanoid robot that will compete in the upcoming Robotics Challenge left us a little concerned about how quickly our cyborg-dominated future is approaching. But this more in-depth look at the hardware and technology that make ATLAS so eerily… » 7/16/13 10:25am 7/16/13 10:25am

ATLAS: Probably the Most Advanced Humanoid Yet, Definitely Terrifying

As impressed by we all were by Petman, DARPA and Boston Dynamics' remarkably agile and nimble humanoid, it's about to get upstaged by the company's latest and greatest robot creation: ATLAS. Designed to compete in DARPA's upcoming Robotics Challenge, we actually already got a glimpse of ATLAS' impressive skills back… » 7/11/13 2:18pm 7/11/13 2:18pm

These Tiny Telescopes Could Save the Earth from a Deep Impact

A 50-foot wide, 10,000-ton meteor that packs triple the force of the nuke dropped on Hiroshima is nothing to scoff at. But in the grand scheme of things, the meteor that hit Chelyabinsk, Russia, last week is a cosmological runt. Space rocks as much as 100 feet across are estimated to strike every hundred years or so… » 2/21/13 12:40pm 2/21/13 12:40pm

This Robot Will Hunt Humans One Day Just Like Real Life Terminators

One day, I'm sure, a version of this robot will hunt humans through forests, swamps, deserts, jungles and cities. Watch it as it saves different obstacles and you will clearly imagine it too, even while now it's so slow. Give them a decade and the US Army will have their Terminator soldiers based on this technology. » 10/26/12 12:49pm 10/26/12 12:49pm

A Cheetah-Inspired Robo-Beast and a Headless Terminator

Remember Boston Dynamics, the company responsible for the oh-so-creepy BigDog robot? Well they're still at it, except now they're working on a cheetah-like robot (called Cheetah) that can chase us down like prey, and a humanoid, bipedal robot that looks like the Terminator crossed with the Headless Horseman. » 2/25/11 7:20pm 2/25/11 7:20pm