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10 robotic dogs pull truck along in new video

By T.K. Randall
April 17, 2019 · Comment icon 38 comments

The robots seemed to have no problem hauling the truck. Image Credit: YouTube / Boston Dynamics
A small army of Boston Dynamics' dog-like robots have been filmed hauling a truck through a parking lot.
Known as SpotMini, this four-legged contraption has become something of a celebrity in recent years thanks to videos showing it performing a wide range of tasks and balancing acts.

This latest footage shows more of the robots than ever before - ten of them to be exact - all working together to haul a large truck through the parking lot outside Boston Dynamics' headquarters.

Each robot is 0.84 meters tall and can carry a payload of around 14kg.
What's interesting is that these robots will actually be available for companies to purchase in the near future, meaning that they are no longer just a work-in-progress.

"It only takes 10 Spotpower (SP) to haul a truck across the Boston Dynamics parking lot," the firm wrote in the caption for the video on YouTube.

"These Spot robots are coming off the production line now and will be available for a range of applications soon."



Source: Evening Standard | Comments (38)




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Comment icon #29 Posted by BorizBadinov 5 years ago
Agreed there is a lot of grow room. A suit that can last a few hours is still a useable tool albeit situational. 
Comment icon #30 Posted by marsman 5 years ago
in the Terminator movies.....the robot had a nuclear battery....    
Comment icon #31 Posted by XenoFish 5 years ago
I wonder how small a charge though.
Comment icon #32 Posted by marsman 5 years ago
  i have to question the bit about how long we have existed
Comment icon #33 Posted by XenoFish 5 years ago
Probably has to do with organized civilization. Not sure. Too tired to think about it right now.
Comment icon #34 Posted by marsman 5 years ago
anyway....humans dont run on batteries...and we last at least 70 years plus...technology will change too
Comment icon #35 Posted by BorizBadinov 5 years ago
I was going to mention the diamond batteries but the power out put is extremely low currently and I don't see them as a main power source.  I think they will have uses such as keeping an AI brain "on life support" in cases of power supply failure since they should last thousands of years. I can imagine diamond armor skin that doubles as a power supply but it's probably not very realistic 
Comment icon #36 Posted by marsman 5 years ago
     
Comment icon #37 Posted by marsman 5 years ago
 
Comment icon #38 Posted by BorizBadinov 5 years ago
Spot mini is about to go commercial. https://techcrunch.com/2019/04/19/boston-dynamics-showcases-new-uses-for-spotmini-ahead-of-commercial-production/amp/ I like the part about being able to remote control the robots. Nice feature I think to improve usability in complex situations


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