• News
  • Money

Boston Dynamics' Spotmini Robot Can Now Open Doors

Boston Dynamics' Spotmini Robot Can Now Open Doors

In a YouTube video with over a million views, a four-legged robot made by Boston Dynamics opens a door. The second bot turns the handle, pulls the door open and holds it for the first to walk through, then follows.

In November, Boston Dynamics posted a video of its new robot "Atlas", a humanoid robot that can do somersaults. Boston Dynamics' contraption, on the other hand, will probably let all of its little robo-friends in so they can hang out and plot humanity's demise. They point out that the robot was able to master a door handle, not a door knob, which may prove to be more hard for the robots to open. The arm seen reaching for the door is created to pick up and handle objects using perception sensors.

SpotMini is a miniaturised version of the robot that Boston Dynamics built its name on: BigDog, a robotic pack-horse originally designed for the USA army. You can see SpotMini advance towards a door but realises that it's actually closed.

In the last teaser video, Boston Dynamics appeared to be showing off a pair of 3D cameras that may power an autonomous navigation system, according to TechCrunch.

Boston Dynamics, which Softbank purchased from Alphabet a year ago for an undisclosed sum, has a wide range of robotic offerings for military, industrial and home applications. For now, Boston Dynamics has only been teasing out details to the robot, which it says will operate in offices, homes and outdoor settings.

One recent video showed it being pushed over by an employee - and simply getting back up.

Boston Dynamics could not be reached immediately for comment.

Leave Your Comment

Leave Your Comment


Latest News

Breaking News



Recommended

Giants Hiring Mike Shula As Offensive Coordinator

The Panthers finished 19th in total offense (323.7 yards per game) and 28th in passing (192.3) during the past regular season. The elder Shula holds the National Football League record for regular season wins and he won two Super Bowls .

Bowman Nabs Daytona Pole

Earnhardt tweeted congratulations to his replacement, who also won a Cup pole while filling in for Earnhardt in 2016. Denny Hamlin will join Bowman on the front row after reaching 195.092 miles per hour during his qualifying run.

Trump Administration Budget Aims Lunar Exploration

The White House considered asking for $19.6 billion overall for NASA , 2.6% more than in the current fiscal year. The government has cited higher priorities at the US space agency for backing the cancellation.

Ravens-Bears to meet in Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2

The early exhibition game means the Bears potentially could report to training camp July 18 and begin practicing July 19. He was selected All-Pro five times, voted to eight Pro Bowls and named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Trump Will Not Release Democrat's Rebuttal Memo

McGahn II offered the House committee technical assistance by the DOJ to modify the memo to mitigate the national security risks. Now, Democrats want their own commentary-memo published .

Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash Leaves 3 Dead, 4 Injured Featured font size +

The Federal Aviation Administration would also be investigating the crash of the Eurocopter EC130, spokesman Allen Kenitzer said. Three British tourists who were killed when a helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon have been named by USA police.

The woman who didn't trust security with her handbag

Cameras in a Chinese airport captured the moment a passenger chucked himself in a large scanner at a security checkpoint. The video shows woman's silhouette inside the machine and her climbing off the machine once the checking was done.

Here's how you can see the Oscar-nominated 'Get Out' for free

The film has four Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. It's almost been one year since Jordan Peele's Get Out was released, and the film continues to make an impact.

Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE modem sampling started

That's a lot of jargon, but here's the key takeaway: the X24 can sustain high peak download speeds even on congested networks. In the uplink, the Snapdragon X24 LTE supports Category 20 upload speeds with 3×20 MHz CA and up to 256-QAM.

I gave $130000 to porn star Stormy Daniels, says Trump lawyer

She also made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's show after Trump's state of the union address last month . The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Tuesday night.