Boston Dynamics robots take over the dance floor

Boston Dynamics robots take over the dance floor


The Boston Dynamics’ Atlas and Spot robot can do a lot of things: sprints, gym routines, parkour, backflips, opening doors to let their friends in, washing dishes, and (badly) getting real jobs. But the company’s latest video adds another impressive trick to our future robot: stopping the sickening dance move.

In the video, Boston Dynamics’ entire line of robots — the humanoid Atlas, the dog-shaped Spot, and the box-juggling Handle — all come together in a coordinated, jerky dance routine tuned to The Contours’ “Do You Love Me.”

This isn’t the first time Boston Dynamics has showcased its robotic dancing skills: the company showed off a video of its Spot robot doing Running Man to “Uptown Funk” in 2018. but the new video takes things to another level, with a robotic Atlas tearing it up on the dance floor: smooth running, jumping, shuffling, and twirling through different movements.

Things get even more extraordinary when more robots come out, prancing in the kind of coordinated dance routine that puts my own, admittedly awful human dancing to shame. Compared to the jerky movements of the 2016 Atlas iteration, this new model almost looks like a CGI creation. This is not CGI

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Boston Dynamics recently bought by Hyundai, which bought the robotics firm from SoftBank in a $1.1 billion deal. The company was originally founded in 1992 as a spin-off of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where it was known for its dog-like four-legged robot (notably, the DARPA-funded BigDog, the predecessor to the company’s first commercial robot, Spot.) Purchased by Alphabet’s X division in 2013, and then by SoftBank in 2017.

While Atlas and Handle robots shown here is still just a research prototype, Boston Dynamics recently started selling the Spot model to any company for $74,500. But can you really put a price on creating your own personal legion of robot minions?

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