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Boston Dynamics unveils SpotMini: An extraordinary dog-bot with senses

SpotMini developed by this SoftBank group company represents another advancement in robotic evolution

Khalid Anzar  |  New Delhi 

Boston Dynamics SpotMini Dogbot
Boston Dynamics SpotMini Dogbot Photo: YouTube

Boston Dynamics, the US-based robot maker backed by Japan’s Softbank, is known for building with terrifying appearances. Now, the company has put up a new teaser video of their upcoming model on YouTube. 

Dubbed as ‘SpotMini’, the new robot looks like a dog but with fine design work, aesthetics and responses. In the video, the robot is seen taking a stroll in a park. It comes near the camera, senses its presence, turns its neck, ignores it and then moves on. A rather small clip does not show complete capabilities of the robot but highlights the advancement that the company has made in developing robots.

Watch SpotMini in action here

In the past, the company unveiled a host of robots in different evolutionary stages of In what could be considered as terrifying adaptation of living beings, these robots do not look as close to their living counterparts but try and mimic the complicated movements made by human or animal bodies. They are just a precursor to what we may see in the future; highly evolved robots that are able to move or act like human beings or animals. 

Take a look at this version of SpotMini – a robotic lookalike of a giraffe

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PS: As Boston Dynamics' says, “No robots were harmed during the making of these videos”

First Published: Tue, November 14 2017. 15:27 IST