Yes, Atlas is running, but please don't freak out

Atlas robot

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot runs through a field

At one point, the robot detects it is coming upon a log on the ground.

Boston Dynamics has released a video showing its Atlas robot out for a run in the countryside. The robot's missing a head, but who cares?

Boston Dynamics knows exactly how to get our attention, and the firm's latest two videos show its robots self-navigate both inside and outside.

Atlas was introduced in February of 2016 as a robot able to walk, pick up boxes, and catch itself after falling.

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Some of Boston Dynamics' robots were built for search and rescue operations, potentially navigating partially collapsed buildings or other unsafe environments without putting human first-responders at risk. Even if Atlas is pushed over onto its side, the robot can stand back up on its own. As explained on the company's website, "Atlas' control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace". "Atlas' ability to balance while performing tasks allows it to work in a large volume while occupying only a small footprint".

Now, in an even more endearing video, we're able to watch the robot take its first cross country run.

Boston Dynamics continually amazes us with the feats of its robotic cohort.

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