Boston Dynamics Spot hands-on: new dog, new tricks

An update on Spot / SpotMini, by The Verge:

Boston Dynamics is putting Spot to work. The company has announced a new leasing program for its Spot robot (formerly SpotMini), which is aimed at construction, entertainment, and other automation-friendly industries. But is the world ready for this semi-autonomous quadruped?

Boston Dynamics’ Spot is leaving the laboratory →

Hey Buddy, Can You Give Me a Hand?

Latest new trick from one of Boston Dynamics’ robots:

HODOR.

Boston Dynamics’ Handle

Again great stuff by the Boston Dynamics team. It looks like their Atlas robot with wheels underneath it.

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It’s satisfying to see how smooth this thing goes and jumps, all whilst remaining in perfect balance. It’s also pretty scary to know that this thing can outrun me any time … I, for one, welcome our new Robot overlords.

Not familiar with Boston Dynamics and their robots? I’ve linked to a few before.

Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini

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.

Be sure to watch the “after credits” piece at the very end 🙂

Atlas, The Next Generation

Boston Dynamics is at it again with new version of Atlas. It’s great to see how much it has evolved when compared to the original Atlas, announced back in 2013 (which itself was an updated version of Petman, announced back in 2011)

A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain, help with navigation and manipulate objects.

Sidenote: where do I apply to get this guy’s job?