Robots with rhythm: Boston Dynamics' dancing androids a hit


So it's with great fanfare and a whirr of servomotors and hydraulics that we share with you Boston Dynamics' amusing new video spotlighting its entire roster of advanced robots shaking their groove thing to the rhythms of The Contours' "Do You Love Me?". What many thought to be CGI (Computer-generated Imagery) turned out to be the actual robots in the "metal". From humble beginnings when Atlas could barely walk, the robot is now capable of carrying objects, jumping, and even doing parkour. Back in 2016, Boston Dynamics had posted a video of Atlas dancing.

But the company's latest video is testament to what these robots are actually capable of.

Most humanistic bot Atlas starts the sequence solo with impressive footwork and shoulder shimmies, soon joined by another Atlas, followed by Spot - the company's dog-like robot - and Handle, a mobile manipulation bot for moving boxes.

It takes a lot to impress Tesla CEO Elon Musk and even he did not shy away from tweeting what Boston Dynamics showcased. Its viral video has been watched by tens of millions of people.

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Boston Dynamics, one of the most promising companies in the robotics sector, shows us the new skills of its robots: dancing.

At times, Boston Dynamics' robots invoke a sense of unease due to their uncanny movements.

Boston Dynamics was recently purchased by automobile manufacturer Hyundai which acquired the robotics firm from SoftBank in a $1.1 billion deal. The company was earlier under the leadership of Google's parent company Alphabet.

While the Atlas and Handle models are still research prototypes, Spot is already on sale.