Major update for the ATLAS robot before the DARPA Robotics Challenge

ATLAS-V2The final of the DARPA Robotics Challenge will take place on 5 and 6 June in Pomona, California. In preparation for the final phase of the competition Boston Dynamics has just unveiled a new much improved version of his ATLAS robot. Now a subsidiary of Google, Boston Dynamics has reviewed its robot in depth. According to its designer, the ATLAS new formula is new to 75%. If the legs are remained unchanged, the structure of the robot was modified and made from lightweight materials. The objective for engineers was to cram a Li-ion 3.7 kW on the back. Because it is one of the major innovations of this ATLAS: it is now autonomous and can now intervene on the ground without any wire.

A robot designed to deal with more difficult conditions of the finals

The final stages of the robotic DARPA challenge prohibits robots to be linked to their respective teams any wired computers. Or network cable, or power cord. Boston Dynamics should therefore improve its ATLAS platform to allow teams the having chosen to play this final phase. Among the currently qualified teams for the challenge and who have made the choice of ATLAS, including the team the IHMC team TROOPER of the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories and the HKU Team of Hong Kong if she qualifies in February 2015, last session before June final.

The upgraded version of ATLAS, with his pack of batteries on the back, is now autonomous and can move without wire.

The upgraded version of ATLAS, with his pack of batteries on the back, is now autonomous and can move without any wires.

Loaded with its new battery, Atlas weighs now a little over 91 Kg to a height of 1 m 89. In addition to the installation of the batteries, Boston Dynamics engineers have repositioned shoulders and lower arms on the chest to free up space before the robot for manipulation and thus facilitate the sight of the operator. Important changes occurred on the arm. These are now electric and no longer tyres and these have a degrees of additional freedom. the wrist may be put in rotation to open a door, for example.
The robot will be more agile and her legs were given more powerful actuators to move more easily on terrain despite the increase in weight of the robot.
Finally, a wireless router will allow 3 on-board computers to communicate with the support team, knowing that communications will be partially blurred during the events.
ATLAS is therefore ready to participate in the challenge by June, but the bulk of the competition focuses on software developed by each of the teams to pass the tests. The teams ‘ATLAS’ manage to redo their delay on the SCHAFT, the big winner of the qualifications? Response on 5 and 6 June 2015.

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Source :
“Upgraded Atlas Robot to Go Wireless as the Stakes Are Raised for the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals”, Communiqué DRC, 20 janvier 2015

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