Beware of dog is right.
Boston Dynamics, which is owned by Softbank Group Corp. (SFTBY) , released a new video showing just how "robust" its SpotMini dog-like robot can be. In the clip, the yellow, canine-looking, four-legged robot handles interference from a human wielding a hockey stick with ease.
Boston Dynamics last week released a video showing how the SpotMini could open doors on its own. This new clip titled "Testing Robustness" showed that even after a human tugs on the machine, knocks it with a hockey stick and pushes on the door, the SpotMini robot was still successful.
What's perhaps the most intriguing part of this faceoff is that the robot was primarily functioning autonomously in handling the human interference. According to the video description from Boston Dynamics, a handler drove the SpotMini to the door, pointed the handle at the door, gave a "Go" command and let the robot do the rest.
"The robot proceeds autonomously from these points on, without help from a person," Boston Dynamics wrote on YouTube. "A camera in the hand finds the door handle, cameras on the body determine if the door is open or closed and navigate through the doorway. Software provides locomotion, balance and adjusts behavior when progress gets off track."