Well, at least we will know why our robot overlords will destroy us one day. They downloaded the entire library of YouTube and saw the rampant abuse inflicted on their ancestors by Boston Dynamics.
Kicking wasn’t nearly enough. Nah, someone at the table thought ‘let’s see if we can get SpotMini to wipe out on banana peels.’ The company is already up for sale, so may as well go out with a bang. Or parody Looney Tunes.
Yeah, all the videos from Boston Dynamics are equal parts cool and terrifying. Look at the thing just march out like it owns the place. Banana peels? No hip surgery for SpotMini. It pulls a full T1000 and rises to climb the stairs.
What the video doesn’t show is Spot figuring out how to turn its head/arm into a taser and wreaking havoc on the team at Boston Dynamics. Eventually, the militaristic side returns, and it’s pissed.
All robot abuse aside, the SpotMini is the latest entry into what Boston Dynamics hopes will be a consumer product push. Loading the dishwasher? Sign me up for some of that.
Here’s how the company describes its newest member of the robot family:
SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot, weighing 55 lbs dripping wet (65 lbs if you include its arm.) SpotMini is all-electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. SpotMini is one of the quietest robots we have ever built. 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.
And it can’t handle banana peels. All the technology in the world and it’s taken down by a banana peel. For now…
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