Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Boston Dynamics' Robot Runs, Jumps & Scares The Crap outta Us

Boston Dynamics' Robot Runs, Jumps & Scares The Crap outta Us

Some of Boston Dynamics' robots were built for search and rescue operations, potentially navigating partially collapsed buildings or other unsafe environments without putting human first-responders at risk. This is an unbelievable feat, considering the fact the first iteration of the robot was released only a couple of years ago by Boston Dynamics and it was just learning to balance itself and moving around the tricky terrain. There's no word yet on how much a SpotMini of your own would cost, but I'm guessing they're not going to be cheap.

SpotMini gets around with the help of cameras on its front, sides and one mounted on its rear - a position that Raibert calls the "butt-cam". "We've built 10 units [of] a design that's close to [what] a manufacture will design".

"SpotMini autonomously navigates a specified route through an office and lab facility". It runs through a grassy field and even senses when it is approaching an object, CBS Boston reports. Last year, it was revamped and can now walk by itself using autonomous navigation.

Boston Dynamics poses the video's title as a question - "Getting some air, Atlas?" -as though Atlas had somehow unexpectedly taken himself outside for a run, on a whim.

The robots are increasingly able to move in a natural, smooth way. The terrain outside is uneven, and elevated at certain points.

Google bought the Waltham, Massachusetts, firm in 2013, then sold it a year ago to Japanese tech giant SoftBank. The price was not disclosed.

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