Atlas: Highly Advanced Humanoid Robot for Disaster Response

Atlas is a hydraulically powered robot in the form of an adult human, capable of dynamic walking, calisthenics, and user-programmed behavior. Based on the Petman humanoid robot platform, Atlas was developed by Boston Dynamics and modified to meet the needs of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). The DRC seeks to advance the technology necessary to create robots capable of assisting humans in disaster response. Teams with the Atlas and other custom robotic platforms will participate in the first physical competition, the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials, in December 2013 at Homestead Speedway in Florida.