If they gave Spot a gun, we'd be in big trouble.
Boston Dynamics, the Hyundai-owned robotics firm famed for making highly functional, animal-inspired robots, just released yet another supercut video showcasing its doglike robot Spot.
The video shows off Spot's dexterity with the robotic arm that extends upward out of its back. In the clip, the robot tidies up a room, twirls a jump rope — for another Spot to hop over, of course — and perhaps most impressively, walks around to draw a crisp letter "S" in a parking lot with a stick of chalk.
According to the video, the behaviors shown on camera are meant to show off a new interface for the robots that enables both autonomous and remote-controlled behaviors.
It's not clear from the video which actions are autonomous and which ones are being guided by an engineer behind the scenes. But regardless of who's pulling the levers, the robot is able to show off a striking level of fine motor control.
The occasional Boston Dynamics supercuts are generally pretty fun, but the company has more serious aspirations than building high tech playthings. Spot has been sent into Chernobyl, and NASA has considered sending one on a mission to Mars.
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