Boston Dynamics, what they do?
Boston Dynamics is a world standing tall in mobile robots, tackling some of the toughest robotics challenges. Boston dynamics blend the regulations of dynamic control and balance with sophisticated mechanical designs, cutting-edge electronics, and next-generation software for high-performance robots prepared with perception, navigation, and intelligence. Boston Dynamics has an extraordinary and fast-growing technological team of engineers and scientists who seamlessly combine to make this advanced, analytical, thinking, intelligent robot with bold engineering and boots-in-the-mud practicality.
Boston Dynamics range:
- Legacy Robots
ATLAS - The most capable humanoid robot ever
Atlas, the world's most dynamic humanoid robot and Atlas use balance and whole-body skills to achieve. Also two-handed mobile manipulation about Atlas. Atlas is the latest and greatest in a line of advanced humanoid robot ever made by Dynamic. The dynamic company is the developer of the Atlas control system, coordinated motions of the arms and legs, torso to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace Atlas's ability to balance while performing tasks. Even it allows it to work in a large volume while occupying only a small footprint.
The Atlas's Hardware takes advantage of 3d printing to save weight. In the space, this robot can do remarkable works, because of this resulting in an impressive compact robot with a high strength-to-weight ratio. This robot can work in a dramatically large workspace. The Stereo vision range sensing and other sensors give Atlas the ability to manipulate things in its environment and to travel on rough land. This robot kept its balance when the jostle door pushed and can get up if it tips over about Atlas.
Atlas has 1st and main one of the world's most compact mobile hydraulic systems, 3d printed body, Custom motors, valves, and a small hydraulic power unit that enable Atlas to deliver high power to any of it 28 hydraulic Jonites for impressive feats of mobility.
Atlas's advanced control system enables highly diverse and efficient locomotion, when this engine is working, while algorithms reason through complex dynamic interactions involving the whole body and environment to plan movements.
Full Weight and Height:
Atlas's body made out of 3D printed parts and these parts give it the strength to weight ratio necessary for leaps and somersaults. And the height is 1.5 m, weight is 80Kg.
And this robot helps us for the military works, home day to day works, guard works, and so on. And this robot can behave just like human beings. And the special of this robot is the American robotics company Boston Dynamics, with funding and oversight from US defense advanced research projects. And it's designed for the search and rescue tasks. And it was unveiled to the public on 11 July 2013. Atlas is based on Boston Dynamics' earlier humanoid robot calls PETMAN.
On 23 February 2016, Boston dynamic company released a new YouTube video called Atlas the next generation, and it is a new version of this robot.
It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. This robot uses sensors in its body, arms, and legs to balance, and it uses LIDAR sensors and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles and keep safe, assess the terrain, helps with navigation, and manipulate objects, even when the objects are being moved. The lights on Atlas's chest look like flux capacitors, but they're only for decorations and for the beauty.
Atlas has a max speed about 1.5 m/s
The robot has many sensors in its head. These sensors package by Carnegie Robotics. There are sensors of LIDAR, stereo cameras, dedicated electronics sensors to keep robot safe, and perception algorithms.
This robot works with 480V, and it wants three-phase AC power via a tether. The robot needs more energy to On-board hydraulic pump and thermal management systems.
With all those high end features how much Atlas will costs ?
On-board real-time control computer with 10 Gbps fiber-optic speed this Atlas can work like hell. So the cost of this atlas humanoid robot is about $2 million USD.
SPOT - Robot dog that climbs stairs and traverse through terrains
This is the first of this generation of semi-autonomous, four-legged robot. Also, it does a lot more than make videos for the internet. When 2019, Boston Dynamics has been putting Spot to work, leasing units out to hold up in the real world. When you're standing next to Spot, the main striking things are how small and sturdy. Also, It's just under three feet high and weighs 70 pounds, which means it's light enough for a single person to pick up. An operator remotely controls a lot of the movements you see here. But Spot has a handful of necessary skills, and all of that skills can do automatically. Even It knows how to climb stairs, how to avoid walls, and also knows how to dance a little.
Spot's not tired at all. It can do various tasks for 90 minutes. Of course, we' have seen walking robots before, but few of them cant beat Spot's sense of balance. Accelerometers sensors tell Spot if it's moving, and torque sensors in the joints tell it exactly how it's weight is also distributed If Spot feels itself tipping forward, a protocol coming to work. It is telling it to find a secure foot. Also, Spot has cameras on all four sides, so Spot can see where to place its foot. The Spot still can't tell the difference between firm ground and loose dirt, because of that robot do not have a sensing of land. Which means navigating these dirt ground the robot got a little chaotic. If Spot does fall, there's another protocol for righting robot itself, which works most of the time and remember not every time.
Even, Spot needs human assistance, when we flipped it into the bottom of an expressly steep channel. The primary way to use Spot is this controller, which uses the same as an Xbox and also like a Playstation controller. The left joystick moves the robot forward and back, or strafes right and left, while the right joystick spins robot around.
Also, You can use the camera view to see what Spot is seeing and send it to specific waypoints. After Tap a spot on the screen and Spot will find a way to get there. The controls are easy to learn. Also, you can play with it. Mostly because there isn't that much to learn, so much of it's controlling is automatic. Within a half hours, you can able to send Spot wherever you wanted, although it does stop at walls because of the object sensors on its body. You can't destroy it because of that. At the same time, You didn't get the right connection that you do with Rc vehicle or video games. You can tell it's more designed for automation than a human pilot. The Boston Dynamics company is hoping that a lot of the time to Spot won't need a pilot at all.
For more complicated tasks, you can chain waypoints together and sending Spot to retrace a path. Spot walked through earlier with human assistance. But now it can walk without a human. That could mean checking all the gauges on an oil rig or taking LIDAR scans of a room from a dozen specific points.
- Max Speed - 1.6 m/s
- Max Runtime - 90min
- Battery can Swappable
- 360° Vision