A recent video published by Boston Dynamics looks like a scene straight out of a Terminator movie. The video captioned “Spot robots are coming off the production line now and will be available for a range of applications soon” showcases the dynamic strength of a four-legged robot, SpotMini. In the video, ten SpotMinis are pulling a full-size box truck. It had been played nearly 2 million times on the day of its release.
An individual SpotMini is designed to carry 31 pounds. The video, however, showcases the collective power of an army of robots, agile and efficient to haul a vehicle that likely weighs at least 10,000 pounds. The short-clip exhibits ten 66-pound robots, hitched together which set the truck wheels rolling. The machine is 2 feet 9 inches tall. According to Boston Dynamics, SpotMini is the quietest robot invention of the company. It has 17 joints and can run for 90 minutes on a single charge. With the help of various sensors, the robot navigates the outside world and has the ability to handle objects using an arm, which vaguely resembles an ostrich’s neck. The company has designed the robot to perform some tasks autonomously and also for warehouse logistics. Boston Dynamics is hoping to use its latest technology for the clean-up of Fukushima Daiichi, a dangerous nuclear disaster site, where human workers are at risk. The small robot is however still dependent on human intelligence for “high-level guidance.” The size of the machine was designed keeping in mind, that it could be accommodated in smaller spaces like in an office, a factory, a warehouse, or even at home in the future.
With the release of the video, Boston Dynamics has yet again lived up to its reputation of storming the internet with overawe over its innovative inventions. The swarm of four-legged machines left the audience intimidated and raised a volley of comments and questions to the robotic company. The production of the robot is set at the rate of about 1,000 a year.