Former “Mythbusters” co-host and YouTube tinkerer Adam Savage has built a one-person rickshaw carriage so that his Boston Dynamics Spot robot can lug him around.
Let’s hope this demeaning stunt won’t lead to an uprising of the machines.
Savage hand-built the odd-looking rickshaw contraption over five days in his workshop — a design he characterized as “steampunk, Victorian, funereal.”
American engineering firm Boston Dynamics officially put its famous Spot robot on sale in September — and they’re already being put to good use. Earlier this week, oil producer Aker BP announced that an AI software company will test Spot out on a Norwegian oil rig. Even the Massachusetts Police Force is reportedly experimenting with some Spot robots.
See Spot Drag
In the video, Savage builds an interface to allow Spot to pull the carriage with the help of two engineers.
Thanks to the two giant cartwheels carrying most of Savage’s weight, the robot had a surprisingly easy time pulling the inventor down a gravel path — but only after some software tweaking on a laptop to compensate for the added heft and upward slope.
More on Savage’s exploits: See Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Tackle an Outdoor Obstacle Course