Atlas unplugged: 1.90 The great rescue robots Atlas of Google’s subsidiary Boston Dynamics is now possible thanks to its own battery now move even without a power cable.

The humanoid robot Atlas has been extensively revised by the manufacturer Boston Dynamics. So the thought of rescue robot is now completely wireless: Was previously still a power cable needed now provides a lithium ion battery with a capacity of 3.7 kWh of energy. Atlas will thus hold approximately one hour during operation.

In total there is, according to press release about 75 percent of the total construction new, only the feet and legs of the previous model were taken. This model refinement of the robot is to be made ​​fit for the finals of the DARPA Robotics Challenge , which will take place in early June. Thanks lighter materials of almost 1.90 wide, weighs around 157 kilograms new Atlas – just 7 kilograms more than its predecessor. The head of the robot a wireless router will also be integrated, which will enable wireless communication. Three built-in computer take over the interpretation of all sensor data and the planning of tasks.

Overall, the expansion should also increase the physical abilities of the robot: shoulders and arms were repositioned about what Atlas is to give more leeway. Also are the hands with it can be seen by the robot eyes better. There are also new actors in the forearms and an additional degree of freedom for the wrist so that the robot can rotate about doorknobs.

In the final of the robotics competition DARPA Atlas expect then tasks such as driving vehicles, clear away debris, break through walls, close valves and tools. Thus, the use in a deserted disaster area to be simulated. That pertains to the US Armed Forces Research Projects Agency DARPA promises for the final heavy conditions, for example, intentional interference with communication between robot and operator team. Boston Dynamics had Atlas unveiled in July 2013 . The end of 2013 was the manufacturer acquired by Google