Atlas is now a robotic gymnast

Atlas is now as agile as a gymnast, allowing this self-contained little robot to tumble, twist, and dance like a kid at a rave. The robot, created by Boston Robotics, started out as a simple bipedal robot that could pick up boxes and the like. Now, thanks to new tech and machine learning, this wild robot is far more agile than anyone single one of us, barring circus performers.

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Not only can robots be gentle, they can gently heal themselves

In science fiction, there’s always the suspense trope of a cold, metallic hand reaching out and grasping someone. And it make sense – metal is cold and hard, just isn’t something you’d want to mess with. Enter soft-touch materials. These make more sense in applications where the robot would be interacting with humans, but they can also work in industrial settings.

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Robots teach social skills to children with autism

Autism is a developmental delay disorder, which affects as many as 1 out of every 59 children in the United States. One of the symptoms is a difficulty to acquire social skills, and trouble recognizing and responding appropriately to social cues. Part of the problem is that it’s incredibly difficult as a parent to know what therapies are beneficial to intervene, therapists are incredibly expensive, and practitioners are few and far between. But what about robots?

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