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18
Apr
2016

SpotMini Robot

Introducing SpotMini

Boston Dynamics, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet – have introduced the latest smaller version of the Spot robot, SpotMini, weighing 55 lbs dripping wet (65 lbs if you include its arm.)

SpotMini is all-electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. It has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs. These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation. SpotMini performs some tasks autonomously, but often uses a human for high-level guidance.

14
Mar
2016

Atlas Humanoid Robot Bounces Back

Atlas

Boston Dynamics, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet – have introduced the new version of its humanoid robot called Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings.

Atlas uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles and assess terrain.

The 5′ 9″ tall and 180 lbs, Atlas, is shown stepping out from a line-up of other robots, before walking off and pushing open a door to go outside. It successfully walks over bumpy, snow-covered terrain, before strolling side-by-side with one of the developers. After showing off its strength by lifting two 10-pound boxes onto some shelves, a man knocks a box out of its hands to see how it reacts. But it’s not a problem for Atlas, which goes to pick it up and carry on with its tasks.

The most impressive moment is when Atlas is pushed over – falling flat on its front. Atlas uses its arms to thrust itself back onto its feet before walking off.