Boston Dynamics Spot Robot Dog Arm
Just about everyone has seen at least one Boston Dynamics robot over the years, with the most popular one being Spot, their robotic dog. Today, the company released a new video showing Spot equipped with a functional arm mounted on its front side. This enables the robot to perform several new tasks, like digging a hole, grabbing objects in the snow, putting things in a laundry basket, opening a door, planting something, and even jump rope. Read more for the video and additional information.

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Now that Spot has an arm in addition to legs and cameras, it can do mobile manipulation. It finds and picks up objects (trash), tidies up the living room, opens doors, operates switches and valves, tends the garden, and generally has fun,” said the company.