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Powered by an electric motor that keeps a series of hydraulic actuators moving, Spot also features built-in sensors allowing it to automatically navigate difficult terrain. And because Spot is significantly smaller and lighter than Big Dog, it's able to jog along at an impressive pace. It doesn't look like it would be able to carry as much gear and equipment as Big Dog, which is why the quadruped was originally built. But that's probably because Boston Dynamics has built it for different purposes, like search and rescue or scouting, instead of just back-breaking labor.
originally posted by: GetHyped
This one is their most advanced model yet
originally posted by: DupontDeux
a reply to: jtrenthacker
They way the darn thing react when kicked or pushed scares the hell out of me!
It is insanely creepy in an uncanny-valley kind of way!
Edit: But man, is it cool!
And by the way, doesn't the company has an dystopic-80's-movie-evil-corp vibe to its name? "Boston Dynamics" sounds like something right out of the Terminator or Robocop universe!
originally posted by: HUMBLEONE
Boston has been taken by the dark side.
Google has acquired robotics engineering company Boston Dynamics, best known for its line of quadrupeds with funny gaits and often mind-blowing capabilities. Products that the firm has demonstrated in recent years include BigDog, a motorized robot that can handle ice and snow, the 29 mile-per-hour Cheetah, and an eerily convincing humanoid known as PETMAN.