These Robot Dogs Are Getting WAY Too Advanced For My Comfort

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 often uses a human for high-level guidance. For more information about SpotMini visit our website at http://www.BostonDynamics.com

It’s almost cliche at this point to say I hate robots and all they can do to enslave the human race but this time its as real as it gets. I always figured we would have a fail safe method for stopping them. Some sort of kill switch or cut of the CPU brain robot head. If not then we’d probably be able to go old fashion and swing a baseball bat and knock these things to the ground. All of that was still in play until I saw this.

Robot

Looks like something out of a cartoon but I’m both mesmerized and afraid. Like you think you knocked it clean off its launch pad and you think its dead but then out of no where it pieces itself back together like a terminator or something. Yea probably a simple mario kart banana scenario probably isn’t the best demonstration of how to take it out, but the fact that its legs rolled inwards like it finally croaked only to come back walking tall on 4 legs means this thing has a will to fight and when push comes to shove among humans and robots, humans are usually the fatter ones and robots are always diesel.

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