Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics in 2017knew how to do flips and perform other elements of parkour. He has a competitor who in the future will probably learn to do the same thing - this is a Digit robot created by Agility Robotics startup from Oregon State University. He also has two legs and a pair of arms that can lift weights up to 18 kg and even catch falling objects. Unlike the Boston Dynamics robots, the novelty has an even more futuristic design. He is already credited with a great future in the field of parcel delivery.
Judging by the photos, Digit is built on the platform.shown on the video of the robot Cassie. However, it is more perfect, thanks to the presence of torso, arms and various sensors, allowing it to better navigate in space. It is believed that an improved control system will allow him to move around the room cluttered with objects and stairs without any problems.
According to the technical director of Agility RoboticsJonathan Hearst, they have big plans for the Digit robot. In the future, after several updates, he will be able to demonstrate the flexibility of movements at the level of the Boston Dynamics robots. The new humanoid can be useful in the entertainment field and in the delivery of parcels. For example, he will be able to deliver food from restaurants, reducing the need for live couriers and autonomous robots with wheels.
The robot will be able to exert as much influence on people's lifestyles as cars. It can completely change the parcel delivery method and even affect urban planning.
Jonathan Hearst, Executive Director of Agility Robotics.
Digit robot is designed for a wide audience, so anyone can buy it. Price information will be disclosed in mid-2019, and deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2020.
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