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Watch: Boston Dynamics robot leaps, does back flips

By Brooks Hays

Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Boston Dynamic's humanoid robot is getting more athletic.

As evidenced by a new video released this week by the robotics company, the bipedal robot can leap from box to box and perform back flips.

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Blessing humanoid robots like Boston Dynamic's Atlas with dynamic balance has been an ongoing struggle for robotics engineers.

Last year, the Google-owned company put Atlas through an intense bootcamp, tripping and pushing the robot as part of training exercises to improve the robot's balance. Their efforts paid off. Videos from the bootcamp showed Atlas trekking across rocky, uneven terrain.

Now, with improved balance, Atlas has expanded its range of motion.

Atlas is one of nine specialized robots being developed by Boston Dynamic. The company describes Atlas as the "world's most dynamic humanoid."

"Atlas uses balance and whole-body skills to achieve two-handed mobile manipulation," the company's website claims.

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