Mark Geary writes:
Robots doing parkour…
Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot – it does parkour now. To wit:
We created the manoeuvres using new techniques that streamline the development process. First, an optimisation algorithm transforms high-level descriptions of each manoeuvre into dynamically-feasible reference motions. Then Atlas tracks the motions using a model predictive controller that smoothly blends from one manoeuvre to the next.
…and then kills all humans.
A figure dressed in a flashing LED studded suit performs an apparently impossible parkour routine in (and above) the streets of Kuala Lumpur by night.
The sequence – part of a Lexus promo series called Amazing In Motion – was achieved using a series of acrobats and martial artists in identical suits, suspended in elaborate rigs operated by a crew of hundreds.
A team of freerunners buck-lep their way though the Berlin suburbs in slowmo. Director Frank Sauer sez:
During their three days journey, the freerunners and camera crew got lost more than once on the endless highways outside of Berlin Brandenburg. We also realized that the most interesting abandoned places are not only well concealed, but are well guarded by security and police. Ignoring those signs of warning the next days were packed with thrilling moments of spectacular runs and tricks but also, getting chased by ghost hunters at midnight, and getting arrested by the police while shooting a drone shot with smoke grenades on top of the tallest building in the area.