The Atlas robot was developed by robotics firm Boston Dynamics for DARPA. This 6 foot 2-inch humanoid robot is being used to explore the potential of robots in disaster relief tasks such as navigating debris and utilizing tools and found objects. The robot has recently undergone a bunch of upgrades that have improved its efficiency, resilience and dexterity, with 75% of components replaced or upgraded in recent times.
The redesigned robot makes use of a lighter construction and is equipped with a lithium-ion battery pack that provides an hour of operation time.
With disaster relief work often posing a variety of dangers, the use of the Atlas robot could help save lives -- of disaster victims as well as responders and relief workers.