SpotMini weighs in at 55 lbs, plus 10 more for the detachable, articulated device, which actually moves like the head and neck of a dinosaur. Unlike its predecessor, the SpotMini is an all-electric bot, with no hydraulic components.
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An extensive array of sensors and 3-D depth cameras on the robot allow it to interpret its environment and perform many tasks autonomously, according to the designers. In the demo video, SpotMini is seen navigating a dining room area, crouching down to get under the table and presumably search for scraps. (What kind of scraps do you feed a robot dog? The silverware?)
In another sequence, the robot trots into the kitchen and reaches into the sink. It delicately picks up a glass and deposits it into the dishwasher. Then it grabs a can and places it in recycling.
SpotMini also climbs stairs, performs some strange circular dance ritual, and rights itself to all fours after slipping on the hardwood floor. It's like having your drunk uncle in the house, only in the guise of a robotic quadraped with a dinosaur neck/arm growing out of its back.
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Boston Dynamics was recently put up for sale by Google, but that's clearly not impeding the company's progress in developing robots. All kidding aside, the SpotMini video really is something to behold. Be sure to stick around to the end for a disturbing funny blooper.
You can also check out additional Seeker coverage featuring the bipedal Atlas robot and the seasonal oddity that is the robot reindeer.