Boston Dynamics Brings A New Dog Into The Robot Race, While Seeking New Owner

Jon Mark - Author

Jun. 23 2016, Updated 2:18 p.m. ET

One of Google’s robotics companies Boston Dynamics has announced a new addition to their robotic family called the “SpotMini.”

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Previous Boston Dynamics creations have impressed many while creeping them out all at the same time, for their uncanny abilities to be robust and accurately mimic movement from biological life.

The SpotMini is a smaller version of their other canine-modeled creation simply called “Spot,” with a giraffe-like neck for a better reach.

The difference between this robot compared to their other ones is that rather than using hydraulic technology, they’ve been able to scale down to electric servos, resulting in a robot that goes from 50 to 65 pounds.

“Spot” was originally introduced in February of 2015.

The video clearly shows how the robot is able to function in a normal setting and during accidents, and even shows a better looking version at the end that doesn’t look so much like a prototype.

In October of 2015, Google reorganized their company to be run by former Google starters and to be one of many companies under the Alphabet Inc. conglomerate.

Two years before that, the company Boston Dynamics would be bought for $500 million by formerly named Google X — now known simply as X, a semi-secret division of Google — as part of a group of 14 other companies in order to conduct research (Google will be referred to as the owners for this article).


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