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Teams vying to give brawny robot a brain

Its name is Atlas. And its brain is no match for its brawn. Teams from local universities have been picked for a competition to change that.

The man-shaped robot recently delivered to Worcester Polytechnic Institute is named Atlas, and it looks the part. It’s 330 pounds of black and silver metal and over 6 feet tall.

And like its namesake, Atlas looks strong. It’s easy to imagine Atlas’s hydraulic arms smashing a flimsy wooden door to reach the humans cowering inside.

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