Although the move is simple, it is far better than Elon [look at me] Musk's effort which needs a lot of support not to fall over.
Atlas can run and jump over complex terrain, but its new hands, or rudimentary grippers, "give the robot new life."
The claw-like gripper comprises a fixed finger and one moving finger. These are designed for heavy lifting tasks and were first demonstrated in a Super Bowl commercial where Atlas held a keg over its head.
The videos released today show the grippers picking up construction lumber and a nylon tool bag. Next, the Atlas picks up a 2x8 and places it between two boxes to form a bridge. The Atlas then picks up a bag of tools and dashes over the bridge and through construction scaffolding. But the tool bag needs to go to the second level of the structure -- something Atlas apparently realised and quickly throws the bag a considerable distance.
Boston Dynamics describes this final maneuver: 'Atlas' concluding move, an inverted 540-degree, multi-axis flip, adds asymmetry to the robot's movement, making it a much more difficult skill than previously performed parkour."