Atlas is the most agile humanoid in existence. It uses whole-body skills to move quickly and balance dynamically. It can lift and carry objects like boxes and crates, but its favorite tricks are running, jumping, and doing backflips.
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Atlas can keep its balance when jostled or pushed, and it is capable of getting up if it falls over.
In 2012, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected the robotics firm Boston Dynamics to build the Atlas humanoid as part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). The DRC held a preliminary competition in December 2013. In early 2015, prior to the DRC Finals, Boston Dynamics and DARPA announced a new Atlas model, which now could function with batteries and no tethers. In 2016, Boston Dynamics unveiled the next-generation Atlas, a massively upgraded robot. Smaller, lighter, and more agile than previous models, the new robot was "electrically powered and hydraulically actuated," and was capable of operating inside buildings but also outdoors.