Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot Can Do Backflips Now

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It appears that Atlas, the Waltham-based company's almost 5-foot-tall, 165-pound humanoid robot, has learned how to land a backflip.

In the new video, Atlas is first shown jumping between the floor and large boxes, then it does a backflip from atop a block, landing solidly.

In a minute-long YouTube clip titled, "What's new, Atlas?" the robot, whirring as it goes, gracefully leaps from one platform to another, and lands a 180 off another, higher platform before sticking a backflip with the precision of Olympic gold-medal winning gymnast Aly Raisman.

If that wasn't enough to creep you out, the 54 second video even shows the robot raising its arms in triumph.

Atlas does a flip. Source YouTube
Atlas does a flip. Source YouTube

Built by Boston Dynamics, Atlas is promoted by the company as "the world's most dynamic humanoid", and that's something you won't argue with once you see this latest video that showcases the acrobatic side of Atlas the robot.

Boston Dynamics posted the almost minute-long video of Atlas the robot's impressive gymnastic moves on November 16.

Boston Dynamics has acknolwedged that its robots can cause fear, with its CEO, Marc Raibert, once making a joke about it in a presentation.

Atlas has other human-like abilities, such as a sense of balance, so it resists toppling when pushed, and can get back up after a fierce shove.

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