SpotMini: Boston Dynamics Releases Smaller Version of the Dog Robot

SpotMini: Boston Dynamics Releases Smaller Version of the Dog Robot

Jun 23, 2016 @ 19:20 | 

Boston Dynamics, the Google robotics company builds advanced robots with remarkable behavior: mobility, agility, dexterity and speed. The company has high payload and medium payload capacity quadruped robots for any type of terrain. They updated their latest Dog Series robot – SpotMini: mainly for indoor and low payload application.

Boston Dynamics presented new version of famous Dog series quadruped robot – SpotMini. The new version SpotMini Dog is all-electric (no hydraulics).

Similar to Spot Dog, it also has a manipulator neck which helps manipulating the things in case of robot sticks somewhere. It’s size is so small that it can go under the dining tables. The weight of SpotMini is 55 lbs (excluding arm) and 65 lbs (including arm).

SpotMini is fully electric means it has no hydraulic components. The average run time of SpotMini runs is about 90 minutes on one time charge but it may reduce depending on what it is doing. SpotMini is one of the quietest robots Boston Dynamics has ever built.

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SpotMini has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras – 3D LiDAR and stereo camera, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs. With the help of these sensors it can navigate in any terrain. If you kick this robot it can balance itself but on the obstacle like banana peel, SpotMini unable to avoid. It performs some tasks autonomously, but often uses a human for high-level guidance.

                                                             Spotmini slips on banana peel

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