The robot takeover may be nearer than we think.
Secretive robotics firm Boston Dynamics has posted a new video showing off its creepy SpotMini robo-canine, where he can be seen opening a door all on his own.
In the 45-second video, titled ‘Hey Buddy, Can You Give Me a Hand?’ a SpotMini walks over to a door before realizing it can’t get through.
Another SpotMini quickly comes to his rescue and extends his (somewhat terrifying) clawed arm, which he uses to grab the door handle.
The SpotMini is seen holding open the door as his fellow robo-dog friend then casually walks through the door.
The terrifying video has led one commentator to write on YouTube: “Doors can no longer stop them, we’re doomed.’
It seems that Boston Dynamics has added even more useful skills to the MiniSpot since the dog-like quadruped’s design was updated last November.
The SpotMini is a small four-legged robot that ‘comfortably fits in an office or home,’ the firm said.
It weighs 25 kg, or 30 kg, when you include the robotic arm.
The SpotMini is able to pick up and handle items due to its mechanical arm and perception sensors.
Boston Dynamics first introduced the lightweight SpotMini robot in 2016, advertising that it could wash dishes, pick up trash and complete other tasks to help around the house.
The SpotMini is also all-electric and can last for 90 minutes on a single charge.
Boston Dynamics says it’s the ‘quietest robot we have built.’
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.
It’s unclear whether someone was directing the robot’s movements will opening the door or whether the SpotMini was doing it on its own.
The company is owned by Japanese tech giant after it was sold by Google’s parent company, Alphabet, last year.
Several videos have gone viral showcasing the firm’s attention-grabbing robots.
Boston Dynamics unveiled Atlas, its 6 foot 9 robot that weighs 167 pounds, last November.
The robot has an amazing ability to keep its balance even when users try to push it over.
To stay standing, Atlas has stereo vision, range sensing and other sensors that give Atlas the ability to manipulate objects in its environment and to travel rough terrain.
According to Boston Dynamics, Atlas is a ‘high mobility, humanoid robot designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain.
‘Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment.
‘In extremely challenging terrain, Atlas is strong and coordinated enough to climb using hands and feet, to pick its way through congested spaces.’
One recent video showed it being pushed over by an employee – and simply getting back up.
Boston Dynamics said the video showed ‘a new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings.
‘It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated,’ the secretive firm said.
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