Oh, the Boston Dynamics Robot Can Do Parkour Now

posted by Jason Kottke Oct 11, 2018

I've watched this a dozen times now and it looks fake and I can't figure out quite why. Is it the uncanny valley at work? This thing moves mostly like a human would...but not entirely. Look at the robot when it hops over the log. It appears too effortless...not enough recoil on the landing or something. And going up the steps, it looks like it's levitating, like how CG characters sometimes move, unaffected by actual contact with surfaces. See also the robot's casual gymnastics.