Dancing robots at Boston Dynamics win the internet
Jan 01 2021
The flagship robots at the research centre - Atlas and Spot were showing off their moves in a synchronised dance video that has left the internet awestruck. What many thought to be CGI (Computer-generated Imagery) turned out to be the actual robots in the "metal". However, with the recent advances Boston Dynamics has made in robotics, it is pretty clear the movements are legit. From humble beginnings when Atlascould barely walk, the robot is now capable of carrying objects, jumping, and even doing parkour.
But the company's latest video is testament to what these robots are actually capable of. First, two humanoid Atlas robots dance to the classy tune from The Contours, and then the Spotrobot dog joins the performance.
As you can see, the video shows off not just one, or two robots dancing. One of the people who commented on it was Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
The Waltham-based engineering and robotics design company posted the video to YouTube and social media channels, writing "Our whole crew got together to celebrate the start of what we hope will be a happier year". The video was uploaded just a year ago and now has a total of 12 million views. But as it turns out, dancing is not something that you need to inherit-you can simply spend years programming it, as the team at Boston Dynamics recently proved with a new group dance video. Seeing Spot tiptoe around the dance floor with Handle, the industrial warehouse model aimed at box-stacking and product loading, is the ideal gift to a world much in need of a little lift to its tired spirit.