SPOT MINI ROBO-DOG OPEN DOORS FOR ITS FRIENDS
The robot takeover may be nearer than we think.
Secretive robotics firm Boston Dynamics has posted a new video showing off its creepy SpotMini robo-canine, where he can be seen opening a door all on his own.
In the 45-second video, titled ‘Hey Buddy, Can You Give Me a Hand?’ a SpotMini walks over to a door before realizing it can’t get through.
Another SpotMini quickly comes to his rescue and extends his (somewhat terrifying) clawed arm, which he uses to grab the door handle.
The SpotMini is seen holding open the door as his fellow robo-dog friend then casually walks through the door.
Earlier this week the firm showed off SpotMini, the most advanced robot dog ever created.
Boston Dynamics, best known for Atlas, its 5 foot 9 humanoid robot, has revealed a new ‘lightweight’ version of its robot Spot Mini.
The robotic canine is shown trotting around a yard, with the promise that more information from the notoriously secretive firm is
‘SpotMini is a small four-legged robot that comfortably fits in an office or home’ the firm says on its website.
It weighs 25 kg, 30 kg if you include a robotic arm.
SpotMini is all-electric and can go for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing, the firm says, boasting ‘SpotMini is the quietest robot we have built.’
SpotMini was first unveiled in 2016, and a previous version of the mini version of spot with a strange extendable neck has been shown off helping around the house.
In the firm’s previous video, the robot is shown walking out of the firm’s HQ and into what appears to be a home.
There, it helps load a dishwasher and carries a can to the trash.
It also at one point encounters a dropped banana skin and falls dramatically – but uses its extendable neck to push itself back up.
‘SpotMini is one of the quietest robots we have ever built, the firm says, due to its electric motors.
‘It has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs.
‘These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation.
‘SpotMini performs some tasks autonomously, but often uses a human for high-level guidance.’ SOURCE dailymail
Watch Boston Dynamics’ creepy SpotMini ‘robo-dog’ open and hold door for its armless sibling
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Boston Dynamics terrifying Robo-Dog is definitely not man’s best friend https://t.co/F2DUKIn60D
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