Atlas uses its whole body -- legs, arms, torso -- to perform a sequence of dynamic maneuvers that form a gymnastic routine. Darpa created the maneuvers using new techniques optimization algorithm transforms high-level descriptions of each maneuver into dynamically-feasible reference motions.
Then Atlas tracks the motions using a model predictive controller that smoothly blends from one maneuver to the next. Using this approach, we developed the routine significantly faster than previous Atlas routines, with a performance success rate of about 80%.
Boston Dynamics and metalhead, a four legged variety.
Things have moved forward at an impressive pace.
Sophia the female AI humanoid can wave arms but can not run.. yet..
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