1. TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users. Ask a question and give support. Join the community here.
    TechSpot is dedicated to computer enthusiasts and power users.
    Ask a question and give support.
    Join the community here, it only takes a minute.
    Dismiss Notice

Watch Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robots pull a truck

By midian182 · 5 replies
Apr 17, 2019
Post New Reply
  1. We last saw SpotMini over a year ago when Boston Dynamics showed how it could open doors using an armlike appendage, complete with a claw hand, attached to its back. The design was an evolution of the first SpotMini, whose terrifying gripping arm made it resemble something from a horror movie.

    The robot is a shrunken version of the original Spot, a 160-pound machine created under a DARPA contract as a reconnaissance asset, but the gas-powered engines and hydraulics made it sound like a chainsaw, which meant the military abandoned its plans to use the machine.

    In the latest video, we see ten SpotMinis working in tandem to pull the box truck up a one-degree incline in the company’s car park. There’s someone behind the wheel in case things go wrong, but the vehicle remains in neutral.

    In related news, the SpotMini is now moving off the production line and will be available for "a range of applications soon." Company founder Marc Raibert already said that the robot, which can operate for about 90 minutes on a charge, will be commercially available this year.

    The SpotMinis are expected to be used for commercial purposes, so it will probably be a while before we see them hunting down humans in the style of Black Mirror’s ‘Metalhead’ episode.

    In what was possibly the first step toward humanity's enslavement by machines, Boston Dynamics last year showed its human-like Atlas robot jumping over logs, running, and leaping up platforms.

    Permalink to story.

  2. elementalSG

    elementalSG TS Booster Posts: 114   +94

    See Spot. See Spot...pull a giant truck...?

    I seriously thought I was watching something out of Star Wars Clone Wars at the end of the clip when the camera was showing the MiniSpots march head-on like Storm Troopers.
  3. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 679   +495

    What we see here is our first clip of everyday life once Skynet takes over. I welcome our robot overlords! :)
  4. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 896   +497

    As they gun you down to reduce the global human population to a more sustainable 10%. Probably whichever 10% knows how to fix broken robots.
    Godel and SalaSSin like this.
  5. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 740   +1,070

    We are one step away from this:

    That's all I see here
    Godel likes this.
  6. ManuelV

    ManuelV TS Addict Posts: 128   +62

    What T model is this?, model t-mini?

Add your comment to this article

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...