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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.

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