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Boston Dynamics’ Atlas Bipedal Humanoid Now Does Parkour Too

I am sure we all remember Boston Dynamics Atlas. The humanoid robot that is capable of letting itself out of the door and take a stroll around the grassy compound. Since its introduction two years ago, Atlas has advanced to be able to pull of back flip and now, it does parkour too. Obviously, dear Atlas is not as quick and agile as a parkour expert, but basing on a bunch of beginners’ parkour videos on YouTube, I conclude that Atlas is indeed pretty good at it. Continue reading Boston Dynamics’ Atlas Bipedal Humanoid Now Does Parkour Too

Jeff Bezos Tweeted A Picture Of Himself Walking A Robotic Dog

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, tweeted an image of him walking a robotic dog with a comment “taking my new dog for a walk at the MARS2018 conference.” If you don’t already know, the robot dog is the same famous nightmare-inducing, robotic canine, SpotMini, that has been seen opening door to let itself out. Bezos was out at Palm Springs, California, attending an invitation-only event on Machine learning, home Automation, Robotics and Space exploration (and hence, the acronym MARS), an annual event organized by, you guessed it, Amazon. Continue reading Jeff Bezos Tweeted A Picture Of Himself Walking A Robotic Dog

Boston Dynamics SpotMini Robotic Dog Now Knows How To Open Doors

Just when we thought Boston Dynamics had made SpotMini robotic dog a little less creepy, the team gave its hand back and enabled it with the ability to open doors. Wait, what? Yes. Dear little SpotMini now can let itself out, or in, and that’s kind of creepy. If you think it is not creepy, well, you’d be right, it is not. I mean, the robotic company’s biped robot Atlas already did that, didn’t it? However, what makes this demonstration amazing and at the same time, goosebumps inducing was, the robotic dogs actually collaborated. And the door is one equipped with a closer. Continue reading Boston Dynamics SpotMini Robotic Dog Now Knows How To Open Doors

Boston Dynamics Atlas Now Does Back flip While Some Humans Still Can’t

Remember ATLAS? The bipedal robot from Boston Dynamics that exhibited incredible bipedal mobility? Well, it has learned new skills since. In addition to picking up things, resisting push over, and getting back up when it happens to fall over, it now adds the ability to jump on to boxes of variety of heights, jumping from box-to-box and even pull of a back flip. Yup. Back flip. A somewhat common stun that some humans (namely, myself) can’t even pull off. And in case you are wondering, ATLAS did the latter with better balance than some humans and it pulled it off completely untethered. Needless to say, it is no doubt an exciting development, but it is also eery at the same time. Continue reading Boston Dynamics Atlas Now Does Back flip While Some Humans Still Can’t

We Are Glad To Say The Boston Dynamics Updated SpotMini Robotic Dog Is Less Creepier Now

Remember the now Softbank-owned Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini? The nightmare-inducing robotic dog designed for home and office environments? Of course you do. Who can forget that creepy thing, right? Well, apparently, it has got an update and we are glad to say that the new SpotMini is now a lot less creepy than when we first saw it. For starter, it appears to be ‘clothed’ in some sort of fairings in bright yellow which makes it look less apocalyptic than the previous iteration and the rest of its siblings. As the teaser video suggests, it is now without the creepy extendable head that would allow this abomination to do chores other than happily hopping around. Continue reading We Are Glad To Say The Boston Dynamics Updated SpotMini Robotic Dog Is Less Creepier Now

Official Footage Of Boston Dynamics’ New Wheeled Biped Robot, Handle

Last month, we saw the supposed leaked video of the newest Boston Dynamics’ robot, Handle, and today, we are treated to an official footage and a little technical bits of this nightmare-inducing robot. That said, we shan’t repeat ourselves; instead we will fill you in with some of the ‘missing details’, including some technicalities. Actually, there’s really not a lot of information to go round, but one thing for sure, Handle is a lot less scarier than we first thought. Granted, it can move pretty quickly, but ‘only’ at up to 9 miles an hour (14.5 km/h!), which happens to be around the person’s average running speed (not sustained though). So, if you run like Usain Bolt, you are safe. Continue reading Official Footage Of Boston Dynamics’ New Wheeled Biped Robot, Handle

‘Leaked’ Boston Dynamics Video Shows New Nightmare-certified Robot

In an unspecified presentation recently, Boston Dynamics presented the various robots they had in their arsenal. Among the familiar robots like the robotic dog SpotMini, was something new to us. A robotic creation that we have never seen before. This never-been-seen robot, named Handle, was showed in an apparent ‘leaked’ video which appears to be a video recording of the said presentation (an internal thing, I guess?). We investigated a little, hitting up both Boston Dynamics’ website and YouTube channel, but we find no information on this new robot. Continue reading ‘Leaked’ Boston Dynamics Video Shows New Nightmare-certified Robot

Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini Robot Dog With Arm Gives Us The Creeps

Remember Boston Dynamics’ Spot? The robotic ‘dog’ that refuses to be kicked over? Well, it has a junior now. Obviously, it can’t actually give birth to one, but the roboticists over at Boston Dynamics has created a smaller, fully electrical-powered version that’s quieter which makes it more suited as a pet. Wait, I mean to say, for indoor use. SpotMini looks pretty much like Spot and has the same locomotion, and it is, obviously, smaller. In fact, it tips the scale at just 55 lbs, or 65 lbs with the arm. Speaking of arm, we are okay with SpotMini roaming around, but the arm just creeps me out. The arm extends out from its back and when it does so, SpotMini is not longer cute; it looks like some kind of abomination: a dog’s body with a what? A mutated Giraffe neck and head that bends? Yikes. And the toy eyes the roboticists stick there didn’t help make it less creepy. Continue reading Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini Robot Dog With Arm Gives Us The Creeps

Boston Dynamics’ Latest Bipedal Robot Is Eerily Human-like

Last year, Google-owned Boston Dynamics debuted a bipedal robot which impresses the world with its incredible level of balance, but as impressive as it was, that wasn’t the last of its story. Just a couple of days ago, the robotic research and development company has unveiled, through a video, a latest iteration that’s a whole lot lighter, faster and ermmm, eerily human-like. While this 5-foot-9-inch tall robot may not have the intelligence to lord over humans yet, it does appear to have the ability to take away something very dear to us: our jobs. Continue reading Boston Dynamics’ Latest Bipedal Robot Is Eerily Human-like

Boston Dynamics Developed an Agile and Lightweight Robotic Dog That Won’t Fall Over When Kicked

I am sure you remember Wildcat, the cheetah-like robotic creature that can gallop at a pretty nightmarish 16 mph. Well, if you don’t already know, Boston Dynamics is the outfit responsible for that mechanized creature, plus a slew of other robotic developments. “Spot”, a four-legged self-balancing robot you see here is one of the newer development, which is actually a more compact version of the company’s Big Dog. Unlike its larger counterpart, which is destined for back-breaking tasks like hauling gears for soldiers, “Spot” is primarily designed for lighter missions such as search and rescue and reconnaissance, where speed and agility are required. Continue reading Boston Dynamics Developed an Agile and Lightweight Robotic Dog That Won’t Fall Over When Kicked