"The SpotMini robot is one that was motivated by thinking about what could go in an office - in a space more accessible for business applications - and then, the home eventually".
Dog SpotMini can walk the stairs up and down. Clearly, the company is making progress with its next generation robots and how they can navigate the world. "We've built 10 units [of] a design that's close to [what] a manufacture will design. We built them [behind the scenes], but with contractors/manufacturers".
The SpotMini now comes with a terrifying appendage, one so incredibly versatile that the feared robot apocalypse now seems more "when" than "if". Last year, it was revamped and can now walk by itself using autonomous navigation. Earlier this year, Boston Dynamics released video, which SpotMini opens the door for another robot.More news: Early season Gulf storm? Hurricane center says there's a medium chance
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The video below shows how the SpotMini can autonomously navigate a specified route through an office and lab facility.
The robots are increasingly able to move in a natural, smooth way. The robot has also mastered the two-footed jump over a moderate obstacle, although it appears that climbing a tree will still help you evade the robots. Emulating human running motions over complicated and uneven terrain is much harder than it looks, and a significant step forward from walking around factory floors.
Boston Dynamics was bought from Google's parent company, Alphabet, by Japanese firm SoftBank in August previous year, but it looks as though developments are surging ahead. At the time, Softbank said the acquisition would help it be at the forefront of "the next wave of smart robotics".