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Boston Dynamics’ Robots Dance Bad Juju Away To Celebrate The New Year
By Mikelle Leow, 30 Dec 2020
Video screenshot via Boston Dynamics
What a year 2020 has been. Boston Dynamics is concluding it on a suitably bizarre—albeit much more optimistic—note with a New Year video of dancing robots.
The choreography, created in accompaniment of The Contours’ Do You Love Me, isn’t only demonstrated by the humanoid bot Atlas, but also the entire Boston Dynamics robot crew. Atlas is later joined by Spot the mechanical dog and warehouse worker Handle.
Atlas—built closest to the image of humans—surely has range, showing resistance and flow, twisting, jumping, and landing stunningly. Spot can jump too, and even performs a body roll and some ballet on its tippy-toes. Handle doesn’t have that many limbs, so its moves are more constricted—but, hey, it’s got wheels to sassily transition in and out of frame.
According to New Atlas, this is the first time two Atlas robots are shown working in tandem.
“Our whole crew got together to celebrate the start of what we hope will be a happier year,” Boston Dynamics wrote in a note. “Happy New Year from all of us at Boston Dynamics.”
The routine is so impressive, even Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk couldn’t believe his eyes. “This is not CGI,” he reminded followers on Twitter.
It’s clear to see that robots can now dance better than most humans.
This is not CGI https://t.co/VOivE97vPR— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 29, 2020
[via Elon Musk and New Atlas, cover image via Boston Dynamics]
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