Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert says energy storage is limiting factor for humanoid robots

October 08, 2020
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by Josh Kern
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Speaking at the AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 conference, Marc said that the commercialization of the company's humanoid Atlas robot will require an extremely energy-dense battery, preferably five to 10 times what is currently available. Marc said other technological barriers like manufacturing capabilities and compute power are generally sufficient today. Atlas uses a 5 kW hydraulic power unit to power 28 hydraulic joints, allowing the robot to do stunts near the level and accuracy of an Olympic gymnast. Although the robot is still a couple of years away from commercialization, lightweight materials and innovative battery chemistries will enable it to run untethered for longer than the current 30-to-60-minute battery life.

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