Terrifying robo-dogs now travel in PACKS: Boston Dynamics releases footage of 10 bots working together to haul a truck
- Shocking new video shows the Spotpower robot dogs hauling a massive truck
- Boston Dynamics said 10 robots dragged the truck uphill across a parking lot
- Firm is now rolling the robo-dogs off the production line for sale later this year
Boston Dynamics’ robots can do more than just walk, jump and climb stairs.
In a new video, the company demonstrated just how powerful its Spotpower robot dogs have gotten, as a pack of them are shown pulling a truck across a parking lot.
All it takes is 10 of the advanced robots to drag a vehicle that’s in neutral gear.
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Boston Dynamics noted that the robots were able to haul the truck at an approximately 1 degree angle uphill, though it doesn’t say what the distance was or the duration of the haul.
That said, it still signifies a remarkable feat for the robot dogs, which were first introduced in 2017 as a four-legged nimble robot.
Boston Dynamics noted that its robot dogs are so advanced that they’re now being rolled off the production line.
‘These Spot robots are coming off the production line now and will be available for a range of applications soon,’ Boston Dynamics said.
The company didn’t specify just how the Spotpower will be put to work, but previous suggestions have included deployment in warehouses, disaster relief situations or even security purposes.
It’s also unclear what the robots will be priced at or when they’ll launch.
The firm said the robots were able to haul the truck at a nearly 1 degree angle uphill, adding that its robot dogs are so advanced that they’re now being rolled off the production line
Boston Dynamics didn’t say just how the Spotpower will be put to work, but prior suggestions have included deployment in warehouses, disaster relief situations or security purposes
It comes as Boston Dynamics has said it hopes to have the Spotpower available for purchase by sometime this year.
A video shared by the firm last October showed the robot being put to use in the workplace.
In it, the firm said Spot autonomously navigated two construction sites in Tokyo and used a ‘specialized payload for surveying work progress.’
Spot is just under three feet tall and has 3D vision, as well as 17 joints to help it move nimbly.
Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert said earlier this year that he hopes Spot can be used in a variety of industries, including construction, delivery, security and home assistance.
Boston Dynamics first showed off SpotMini, the most advanced robot dog ever created, in a video posted in November 2017. It has a camera fitted in its claw hand to inspect things
Raibert also denied skeptics’ beliefs that his firm’s robots would one day be used to kill – insisting that they’re more likely to take on the role of servant in the future.
‘We think about that, but that’s also true for cars, airplanes, computers, lasers,’ Raibert said.
‘Every technology you can imagine has multiple ways of using it. If there’s a scary part, it’s just that people are scary. I don’t think the robots by themselves are scary.’
WHAT IS BOSTON DYNAMICS’ SPOT MINI ROBO-DOG?
Boston Dynamics first showed off SpotMini, the most advanced robot dog ever created, in a video posted in November 2017.
The firm, best known for Atlas, its 5 foot 9 (1.7 metre) humanoid robot, has revealed a new ‘lightweight’ version of its robot Spot Mini.
The robotic canine was shown trotting around a yard, with the promise that more information from the notoriously secretive firm is ‘coming soon’.
‘SpotMini is a small four-legged robot that comfortably fits in an office or home’ the firm says on its website.
It weighs 25 kg (55 lb), or 30 kg (66 lb) when you include the robotic arm.
SpotMini is all-electric and can go for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing, the firm says, boasting ‘SpotMini is the quietest robot we have built.’
SpotMini was first unveiled in 2016, and a previous version of the mini version of spot with a strange extendable neck has been shown off helping around the house.
In the firm’s previous video, the robot is shown walking out of the firm’s HQ and into what appears to be a home.
There, it helps load a dishwasher and carries a can to the trash.
It also at one point encounters a dropped banana skin and falls dramatically – but uses its extendable neck to push itself back up.
‘SpotMini is one of the quietest robots we have ever built, the firm says, due to its electric motors.
‘It has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs.
‘These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation.
‘SpotMini performs some tasks autonomously, but often uses a human for high-level guidance.’