Atlas™ - The World's Most Dynamic Humanoid Robot

Atlas, the world's most dynamic humanoid robot, jumps over a log

Atlas is a research platform designed to push the limits of whole-body mobility.

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The Most Dynamic Humanoid Robot

Atlas’s advanced control system and state-of-the-art hardware give the robot the power and balance to demonstrate human-level agility.


Atlas is an R&D platform pushing the bounds of robotics forward.

High power

Atlas has one of the world’s most compact mobile hydraulic systems. A custom battery, valves, and a compact hydraulic power unit enable Atlas to deliver high power to any of its 28 hydraulic joints for impressive feats of mobility.

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Atlas, shown from the torso down, jogs using an efficient pace.


Atlas’s advanced control system enables highly diverse and agile locomotion, while algorithms reason through complex dynamic interactions involving the whole body and environment to plan movements.

2.5 m/s
Atlas leaps, legs extended and arms raised.


Atlas uses 3D printed parts to give it the strength-to-weight ratio necessary for leaps and somersaults.

1.5 m 89 kg
Lightweight materials serve as the basis for Atlas' feet and frame

Whole-Body Coordination and Dynamic Motion

Atlas leverages its whole body to move with human-like grace and speed.



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Behavior Libraries
Template motions are created using trajectory optimization and combined into complex routines.
Real-time perception
Real-Time Perception
Atlas uses depth sensors to generate point clouds of the environment and detect its surroundings.
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Model-Predictive Control
Atlas uses models of the robot’s dynamics to predict how its motion will evolve over time and adjust accordingly.


Leaps, Bounds, and Backflips

By training Atlas to maneuver its way through complex parkour courses, Boston Dynamics engineers develop new movements inspired by human behaviors and push the humanoid robot to its limits.

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Atlas, Spot, and Handle perform a dance routine, demonstrating the robots' agility and balance. 

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Behind those dancing robots, scientists had to bust a move

The man who designed some of the world’s most advanced dynamic robots was on a daunting mission: programming his creations to dance to the beat with a mix of fluid, explosive and expressive motions that are almost human.

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Recent Progress on Atlas, the World’s Most Dynamic Humanoid Robot

The Atlas project aims to make advances in robot hardware and software that allow us to match or exceed average human performance in dynamic mobility tasks. Scott Kuindersma gives an overview of how we are using optimization to rapidly create behaviors for Atlas and share some recent examples of applying these ideas to perception-driven parkour.

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