Watch Boston Robotics' Atlas robot nail a backflip

Watch this robot doing a spectacular back flip

'Nightmare-inducing' robots are now able to do back-flips

It appears that Atlas, the Waltham-based company's almost 5-foot-tall, 165-pound humanoid robot, has learned how to land a backflip.

Built by Boston Dynamics, Atlas is promoted by the company as "the world's most dynamic humanoid", and that's something you won't argue with once you see this latest video that showcases the acrobatic side of Atlas the robot.

Ordinarily, this would be cause for attention, but the new video shows the robot jumping from block to block and it eventually does a back flip, further casting a light on our robot-pocalypse future. Atlas then does a backflip - a full 180-degree turn mid-air - and lands firmly on its feet.

"Atlas' control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace", says Boston Dynamics.

Atlas can stay upright thanks to its stereo vision, range sensing and other sensors that give it the ability to manipulate objects in its environment and to travel on rough terrain.

Boston Dynamics may have switched owners from Google to Softbank a few months ago, but development of its creepy-but-cool robots continues apace.

"Atlas keeps its balance when jostled or pushed and can get up if it tips over".

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