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Video: Incredible Google robots know how to exercise and keep their balance

Published Mar 13th, 2015 1:29PM EDT

In late 2013, Google acquired Boston Dynamics, an engineering company focused on pushing the envelope when it comes to advanced robotics. With each passing year, the sophistication of Boston Dynamics’ robots keeps reaching new, and at times, terrifying heights. After all, what other word is there to describe a robotic cheetah capable of running 28.3 miles per hour?

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What’s great about the Boston Dynamics team (now Google employees) is that they love showing off their latest creations and the most recent advancements they’ve cooked up in their high-tech labs. Just about a week ago, they released a new video, appropriately set to Paul Engermann’s “Push It To The Lmit”, which depicts robots doing pushups, walking with an eerily human-like gait, and even demonstrating enough balance as to withstand the force of a 20 pound ball while standing on one leg.

But enough talk, the video here speaks for itself.

And for good measure, below are two more videos from Boston Dynamics that you might have not yet seen. Suffice it to say, the future is looking as scary as it is cool.

The video below features a four-legged robot named Spot. Weighing in at 160 pounds, it was designed to smoothly navigate rough terrain.

Yoni Heisler Contributor

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 15 years. A life long Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW. When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.