This creepy robot built by Google-owned Boston Dynamics performs its best Karate Kid impression

By Shawn Knight
Nov 12, 2014
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  1. Google-owned robotics design company Boston Dynamics recently published a video of its Atlas robot pulling off various poses while standing on one leg, atop a cinder block no less. The robot, sometimes referred to as Ian, is drawing similarities to...

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  2. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,606   +287

    A sceptic might say it's being supported substantially by the hook it is attached to above its head, but I guess it's reasonable they don't want it falling over and damaging itself :)
    Littleczr and ikesmasher like this.
  3. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 845   +335

    Money well spent.
  4. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 305   +62

    Well, we had a good run guys.

    Time to bow down and power turbines for our robotic overlords now.

    Oh wait, we haven't perfected batteries yet.
  5. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    Umm, didn't the Karate Kid jump, kick with the opposite leg, and land on the opposite leg? Wait, what?
    MilwaukeeMike likes this.
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,750   +1,105

    If the headline read 'watch this robot balance on one leg', would you have watched it? Cause I wouldn't have. With the word 'Creepy' in the headline this story sounds more like a bad ad on the bottom of a tabloid site.
    cmbjive likes this.
  7. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,315   +133

  8. Sorry, this robot still nothing compared with TARS or CASE from Interstellar movie XD
  9. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,606   +287

    Was waiting on that bit too :(
    cmbjive likes this.
  10. I can't say that's much impressive. Just a simple balancing act. (n)

    Youtube is filled with much more impressive robot tricks, for example:
  11. Reachable

    Reachable TS Enthusiast Posts: 54   +8

    Balancing like that -- that's no mean feat. Very impressive.

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