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Atlas Robot Can Now Balance & Maneuver Its Way Over Stepping Stones

Boston Dynamic's Atlas Humanoid can now walk across small stretches of rocky terrain like small stepping stones, thanks to a new control algorithm that was developed at the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC). After each step, the robot explores the new foothold by shifting its weight around its foot. To maintain balance the IHMC researchers combined fast, dynamics stepping with the use of angular momentum, or lunging of the upper body.