April 18, 2019
Robotics company Boston Dynamics published a stunning video Tuesday of ten SpotMini robots pulling a Freightliner box truck across a parking lot, presumably at their headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts.
“It only takes 10 Spotpower (SP) to haul a truck across the Boston Dynamics parking lot (~1 degree uphill, truck in neutral),” the company wrote in the video description posted on Youtube. “These Spot robots are coming off the production line now and will be available for a range of applications soon.”
SpotMini is a medium size four-legged robot that is intended to complete tasks in offices, homes, and outdoor environments. The robot dog can carry approximately 31 pounds, weighs about 66 pounds and stands 2.6 feet high. This all-electric robot has a battery life of 90 minutes, depending on the task(s).
SpotMini can pick up and handle objects using its five degree-of-freedom arm and advanced sensors. The sensor suite includes stereo cameras, depth cameras, an IMU, and position/force sensors in the legs. These sensors allow the robot to navigate various terrains with extreme ease.
Boston Dynamics wasn’t open for comment when asked by CNET but said the robots are being developed for a range of applications. Last spring, the company’s president, Marc Raibert, said SpotMini would be released to the public in 2019.
This article was posted: Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 5:51 am