The Mini Robodog From Boston Dynamics Can Now Open Doors to Get Out

SpotMini, Boston Dynamics’s dog-like quadruped robot, is back, and it’s learned a new trick.

 

The robot, which was unveiled in June 2016 and then updated in November 2017, can now open doors and hold them open.

While opening a door is slightly old hat for a Boston Dynamics robot – Atlas barrelled through a push-bar door two years ago – SpotMini’s operation is more fluid.

The robot uses its fifth appendage, an arm mounted essentially where a canine’s head would be, to swiftly assess the door, locate and twist the handle, and pull the door open.

 

A portrait of professional collegiality, this is a big step up from the solo activities of washing dishes or rolling over.

 

spotmini loading dishwasher

2016 SpotMini loading the dishwasher (BostonDynamics/YouTube)

 

Boston Dynamics has made steady progress in their efforts to build robots that move in a life-like manner, whether it’s Atlas’ Homo sapiens-like saunter or SpotMini’s four-legged gallop.

 

The same month they debuted their updated SpotMini, the company made headlines by releasing a video showing their Atlas robot’s back-flipping antics.

 

The SpotMini’s latest development is confirmation that progress continues to march on behind Boston Dynamics’s doors.

 

Sorce: – https://tinyurl.com/Mini-Robodog

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