Pffft, so much for its reputation as a badass Terminator-style killer android. In front of dozens of journalists yesterday in Hong Kong, the 330 pound (150 kg) Atlas lost its balance and broke its right ankle during a rather simple walking demonstration.
Everyone, say hello to WildCat, a robotic quadruped that can run 16 mph (26 kph) without tethers. It joins an already impressive cast of conceptual bots, including an updated version of ATLAS — who, as showcased in a must-see new video, may soon appear on an episode of American Ninja.
There's a new robot in town that may not have the confident swagger of Boston Dynamics' PETMAN, but it does have something special going for it: biological accuracy. Developed by a group of researchers from the University of Arizona, the new bipedal robot is equipped with the fundamental neuromuscular architecture…