Video of a robot doing parkour is even better when you see the blooper reel

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Boston Dynamics has released a new video of its bipedal robot called Atlas doing parkour.

The two-legged ‘droid has become famous thanks to videos of it performing ever-more elaborate movements.

In this one, released on Tuesday, it can be seen leaping over obstacles and doing back-flips.

But the best stuff is saved for the blooper reel.

That shows the robot falling on its face during practice runs and goes to show the amount of work required to get the machines up to the level of a mechanical ninja.

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Despite the setbacks, the team say if a robot can develop the same movement and flexibility as the average adult, the range of potential applications will be practically limitless.

‘Parkour is a useful organising activity for our team because it highlights several challenges that we believe to be important,’ said Atlas Team Leader, Scott Kuindersma.

‘How do we connect perception to action in a way that both captures long term goals like getting from point A to point B and short term dynamic goals like adjusting footsteps and applying corrective forces to maintain balance?’ Kuindersma said.

Atlas stands 5 feet (1.52m) tall, weighs 190 pounds (86kg), uses hydraulics and battery powered electric motors for movement and has three on-board computers.

It is designed to be used as a research and development tool and its Boston Dynamics team are encouraged to push it to the limit.

At the moment, Atlas exists just as an R&D prototype, but the US-based company manufactures another robot – the four-legged Spot – that is being sold for around $75,000 (£55,000).

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