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[VIDEO] This is what happens when Google gets its paws on robotics engineering!
10th February 2015
Ever since Google bought Boston Dynamics in 2013, the company has said little about what it's building in the Boston Dynamics labs in Waltham, Massachusetts. All we get is the occasional amazing (and somewhat creepy) robot video.
The latest entry, a two-minute exercise in robot abuse, features Spot, a smaller version of the giant Big Dog quadruped robot.
The 160-pound, four-legged Spot is remarkably agile. It navigates an office on its own, then heads outside to climb a steep hill and a flight of stairs. Spot safely makes its way over rough terrain, which it navigates with the help of its head-mounted sensor. At one point the developers pair Spot with the original Big Dog, which Spot basically humiliates.
The electric-powered, hydraulically actuated Spot even goes for a jog. If this thing had a dog-like head, I might run for the hills rather than run alongside it.
The most disturbing parts of the video, however, come when office workers try to kick Spot over, first inside the office and then in the parking lot. The second kick (at 0:28 in the video) is so forceful that Spot has to scramble to stay upright, but it does.
It's at this point that you should get really freaked out, because this robot struggling to stay upright looks very much like a living thing trying to do the same.
Boston Dynamics and parent company Google included little text with the video and no press release or contact information. What Google plans on doing with this kickable robot is anyone's guess.