If you found yourself trembling with fear at the sight of Boston Dynamics’ updated SpotMini dog-like robot when it bounded into view last November, then you’re going to suffer a full-on meltdown when you see the latest version.
In a video that’s as entertaining as it is unnerving, we first see November’s SpotMini approach a closed door. With no way to open it, the robot dog just stands there, waiting. Then, the latest SpotMini appearts in shot with that extendable arm to help both of them get past the door!
The SpotMini robot takes the form of a small canine style four-legged robot which has been designed to be nimble and capable of climbing stairs and carrying a payload of up to 14 kg. Equipped with a 3D vision system and 17 joints the robot has been specifically designed to operate both indoors and outdoors and builds upon the designs previously unveiled by Boston Dynamics.
The SpotMini robot weighs 25 kg or 30 kg if you include the five degree-of-freedom arm used to open the door in the video above, and is capable of operating for up to 90 minutes on a single charge depending on its actions.