Robotics company, Boston Dynamics has released a short teaser video featuring their latest creation, SpotMini. The dog-like robot is electric powered and recently received a major cosmetic update since it last appeared in public. This model dispensed with the previous model’s head extension and features a more friendly appearance instead of the more Terminator-y model.
In the new short video, SpotMini takes a quick stroll around an open track. However, once the thing stops and stares right into the camera, one can’t feel anything but a little unnerved by what was intended to be a more “friendly” version of Spot. SpotMini’s movement appears incredibly fluid, showing off just what sort of progress Boston Dynamics had made for its life-like animal-inspired robot.
Check out the demo video of SpotMini in action:
Boston Dynamics, which used to be part of Google but was sold off to Softbank earlier this year, will showcase demos for SpotMini that will have the robot semi-automated and controlled with an Xbox controller. SpotMini weighs 25-30 kg (55-66 pounds) and is all-electric, able to run for up to 90 minutes on a charge. The company describes it as, “a nimble robot that handles objects, climbs stairs, and will operate in offices, homes and outdoors.”
This isn’t the first time Boston Dynamics have showcased their robots in action. One of their other models made the rounds via an online video in which the incredibly mobile bot completed a perfect back-flip. Named Atlas, this robot is truly impressive in its life-life movements and boggles the mind at the potential uses for such a formidable robot.
The video touts the promise that SpotMini is “coming soon” but whether this is meant to mean a retail component or more demos is unsure. We’ll keep out eyes peeled on Boston Dynamics, just in case we have to blame anyone for the inevitable robot uprising.
Images: Boston Dynamics
Source: The Verge