Boston Dynamics' newest robot can load your dishwasher
Posted June 27, 2016
WALTHAM, Mass. — If you’ve ever dreamed of having a pet robot that can clean up your messes, then you’ll love Boston Dynamics’ latest creation.
The eager-to-please SpotMini is about the size of a Labrador retriever and weighs 55 pounds “dripping wet,” according to the robotics company. A video posted Thursday shows the all-electric machine load a glass into a dishwasher and put an aluminum can in the recycling bin.
“SpotMini is one of the quietest robots we have ever built,” the video description reads. “It has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs. These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation. SpotMini performs some tasks autonomously, but often uses a human for high-level guidance.”
The helpful house robot can run for about 90 minutes. It is a smaller version of the 160-pound Spot robot, which was kicked around in its introduction video in February 2015.
SpotMini probably won’t show up in anyone’s kitchen to lend a helping hand — or long neck — anytime soon, but it demonstrates what could become available in the future. Just make sure there aren’t any banana peels lying around your house when you finally get a robot of your own.