By CBSBoston.com Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — You’ve seen the Boston Dynamics robots dance – now watch them parkour.

In a new video, the humanoid Atlas robots jump up on boxes, run across a balance beam and land synchronized backflips like Olympians.

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“A robot’s ability to complete a backflip may never prove useful in a commercial setting,” Boston Dynamics writes in a blog post. “But it doesn’t take a great deal of imagination or sector-specific knowledge to see why it would be helpful for Atlas to be able to perform the same range of movements and physical tasks as humans.”

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The YouTube clip of the robots demonstrating their athletics has racked up more than 2 million views since Tuesday.

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“This is impressive and frightening at the same time,” one viewer commented.

CBSBoston.com Staff