Boston Dynamics' latest robot can open doors for its fellow droids

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Boston Dynamics' latest robot can open doors for its fellow droids

In the latest video from Boston Dynamics, its doglike robot opens the laboratory door and flees with a companion. In terms of specifications, SpotMini measures 0.84m in height and weighs 25 kg and an additional 5 kg if its arm is included. The arm seen reaching for the door is created to pick up and handle objects using perception sensors. But after getting a fancy new yellow coat a few months ago, SpotMini has apparently since learned how to open doors, enabling the robot, and its comrades, to escape a life of servitude.

As is always the case, Boston Dynamics has revealed very little information except this latest video, but it is now heading into a new future since its takeover by Japanese tech giant SoftBank in June of past year. This SpotMini uses its arm which is placed on the neck of the robot.

The company has also published videos of their humanoid robots jumping between raised blocks, running and balancing on one leg.

There, it helps load a dishwasher and carries a can to the trash.

Just last week, Chinese firm EXDOLL announced it had built a sex robot capable of washing your dishes - and even laughing at your jokes. "These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation". Perhaps the company can be convinced to stick some googly eyes onto the SpotMini to make it look less intimidating. Remember that as early as 2015, Boston Dynamics' robots were being trained in combat by US Marines.

'In extremely challenging terrain, Atlas is strong and coordinated enough to climb using hands and feet, to pick its way through congested spaces'. You can view the older model in the 2016 video shown below.

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