Google-owned Boston Dynamics has unveiled SpotMini, a smaller version of the Spot robot. Weighing 55-pounds (65-pounds if you include its arm), it’s all-electric (no hydraulics) and can run for 90-minutes on a single charge, depending on the task(s). It boasts a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs, which help with navigation and mobile manipulation. Continue reading for the full demo video and more information.
Boston Dynamics, the robotics company recently put up for sale by Google, specializes in making quadruped robots that make Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator seem more cuddly than Barney the dinosaur. Suitors for Boston Dynamics likely include carmakers like Toyota or direct Alphabet rivals like Amazon. Or possibly an entertainment brand like Disney, given the cheeky after-credits scene in the new video,” reports Recode.