WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Boston Dynamics' Atlas humanoid robot can open doors, pick up boxes, stand up after being pushed over and even move through snowy terrain. But now, it has learned a new skill: doing backflips like a gymnast.
The 1.7-meter-tall robot demonstrated its newly developed ability of jumping between boxes, performing a 180-degree turn and then doing a backflip that ends with a firm landing on a padded platform, according to a new video released this week.
More impressively, after completing a perfect backflip, Atlas raises its arms seeming to celebrate the feat.
"Atlas' control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace," the company wrote.
"Atlas' ability to balance while performing tasks allows it to work in a large volume while occupying only a small footprint."
Atlas can sometimes make mistakes, too. It fails its balance during a backflip attempt at the end of the video, falling and hitting a box it has jumped from.
The 54-second video, titled "What's New, Atlas?", was being virally circulated online.
"Will Atlas appear in the next olympics?" asked a YouTube account called Downyfabricsoftener, while another user called Pasha Kouznetsov commented: "Now I want Robo-Olympics: the only way to see 100% steroids/anabolics-free competition."
Some expressed concerns, too. "This is amazing and scary at the same time, we become sci-fi movie too fast," one user known as Przemek Szymanek wrote.