Balancing Act: DARPA's Humanoid Atlas Robot Performs Crane Kick Stance From Karate Kid

November 11, 2014


PROTIP: Keep the volume all the way down unless you like the sound of your brain melting.

This is a video of DARPA's Atlas robot recreating the crane kick stance from the end of Karate Kid. I don't know about you, but I would sweep the shit out of that leg. So yeah, Atlas can balance on one foot now, bringing him that much closer to the job at the circus he's never dreamed of.

Keep going for the video, as well as the end of Karate Kid.

Thanks to Venancio and Rosey, who agree it's only a matter of time until the robots develop their own form of karate and break all our bones.

  • diibadaaba55 .

    I can't say that's very much impressive. Just a simple balancing act.

    Youtube is filled with much more impressive robot tricks, for example:

  • S.M. Archer

    "Soon my pets, soon."- Skynet.

  • Proteon

    Here's a quiet little robot doing Tai Chi from 8 years ago.

  • nanCY

    There's a minute and a half wasted.

  • Tyguy

    Well that was anti-climactic. This is why I don't have a functional mech warrior yet.....too much time wasted on half assery.

  • Adriano Viana


  • edwardjames

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  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    Fuck off.

  • lordpikachu

    crane leg lift*

  • Jenness

    While it is amazing it has that level of stability, the sound would be the thing to drive away terrorists.

  • Munihausen

    Crane kick STANCE.....

  • Dani

    Crane STANCE. No kick

  • cbobgo
  • HasItAll

    I really need to read more closely. I watched the whole thing waiting for Ralph Mechanio there to do the crane *kick*

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