Watch a Fleet of SpotMini Robo Dogs Haul a Box Truck

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first_img Do you hear that? It’s the sound of the impending robot revolution.Actually, it’s the sound of 10 SpotMini robo dogs hauling a truck across the Boston Dynamics parking lot.Like I said: impending uprising.Small and nimble, the 2.75-foot-tall, four-legged machine inherited the mobility of big brother Spot—with the added ability to pick up and handle objects using a claw-like arm and perception sensors.Considered Boston Dynamics’ “quietest robot” yet, SpotMini can carry a 30-pound payload while operating for up to 90 minutes on a single charge.“These Spot robots are coming off the production line now,” the Massachusetts-based engineering firm said in a video caption, promising availability “for a range of applications.”Company co-founder Marc Raibert last year tipped potential clients in four categories: construction, delivery, security, and home assistance. (And, now, roadside service.)There is no word yet on pricing.Anyone else get a sort of sinking feeling watching the robo dogs wake up and snap into position like a headless army?Something about their asynchronous marching and stiff frames remind me equally of Santa’s reindeer and mechanized assassins.Yet, when Boston Dynamics last year released a minute-long clip of its droid dog shimmying along to “Uptown Funk,” my heart melted; SpotMini side-steps, twerks, and does the best automated Running Man YouTube has ever seen.That’s nothing, though, compared with dynamic humanoid Atlas.Standing nearly five feet tall and weighing 165 lbs, the robot is an athlete and gymnast: In 2017, it landed a perfect backflip—completely unaided; last year, Boston Dynamics highlighted the droid’s ability to job comfortably over uneven natural terrain, jump gracefully over a log, and leap up steps without breaking its stride.I can’t even jump onto the 18-inch plyo box at the gym.More on Geek.com:Boston Dynamics’ New Robot Can Stack Boxes Like a BossBoston Dynamics’ Latest Bots Can Open Doors, Watch You While You Sleep7 Super Advanced Robots That May Take Over the World Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain Stay on targetlast_img

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