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Technology: Boston Dynamics’ Latest Dog-Bot Prototype Can Open Doors (Video)

Boston Dynamics has done some of everything in the field of robotics. Even dog-bots like this one. But this one… can open doors! When will they go ‘too far’ you wonder? Who knows? Especially if they keep topping the last robo-tech feat with the next.

(Extra creepy bonus points for those bots working together. Wow!)

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Technology: The Latest ‘Atlas’ Robot Is A Lean, [Hopefully Not] Mean, Jumping Machine (Video)

Yeah, we’ve posted on this bot tech before (Atlas). It’s getting better.

(You do realize that we WILL all be wiped out by super-smart, super-agile ‘murder-bots’ someday, right? And it will be our own damn fault. At least, that’s what the movie trailer guy will say… Ha!)

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Introducing Boston Dynamics’ Handle: A Super-Powered Research Robot (Video)

Maaan, they keep making these robots better, stronger, faster, more flexible and agile and… you get the picture. But maybe these bot makers don’t ‘get the picture’ – the Skynet-Schwarznegger-Terminator, science-NONfiction horror picture. Then again, Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert has been quoted as saying, “This is the debut presentation of what I think will be a nightmare-inducing robot.” So, maybe they do get it.

Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4 feet vertically. It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds.
– Boston Dynamics

Oh… Handle is a research bot. Because all kinds of researchers need a 6.5-foot tall jumper with a four foot vertical (right, all kinds of NBA researchers). Oooo–kaaay. They must think we fell off the back of the turnip truck and it backed over our heads right after that!

(Not saying it’s not cool tech though.)

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Technology: Boston Dynamics Introduces Its SpotMini ‘Dog Robot’ (Video)

Dog robot, dog bot, looking-like-a-giraffe-bot… whatever. Though we are into tech, gotta admit this is getting kinda creepy. Especially at the end of this clip (you can keep that cola can, um, ‘Spot’).

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 it often uses a human for high-level guidance.

Still, this is a solid step forward in robotics tech; a mobile pick-and-place robot with some serious intelligence designed into it by Boston Dynamics.

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Technology: Cosmo Meet Spot…The Robot ‘Dog’ (Video)

Man made the tech sort of mimicking dog movement, obviously; but how would a dog react? Well… let’s just say it’ll take more work to fool a real dog. Spot, Boston Dynamics’ 160-pound quadruped robot, was built for navigating uneven terrain. The doggieness was a side-benefit. In the video above, see venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson’s video of actual dog Cosmo playing with Spot. Cosmo belongs to Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android.

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This ‘Atlas’ Robot Stands On Its Own Two Feet…And Walks And Lifts (Video)

This is damn near the robot from the Will Smith “I Robot” movie. Boston Dynamics introduces the next generation of Atlas, an amazing bipedal robot. As you can see in the video, Atlas can balance and walk on its own two (er) feet, indoors or outdoors, lift stuff (even remembering to bend at the knees). So human-like, and so humane. Watch how the Atlas resume work right away every time someone pushes it of messes with boxes; no attitude at all. Robots don’t have feelings. Sure. But you gotta feel something wonderful about this amazing technology when you watch.


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