The video below showcases a new robot which is constructed in the form of a dog, only it is headless, but it works just like the security dogs used by the U.S. army. This robot with four legs has been named as “Spot” and is designed for indoor and outdoor operations.
Boston Dynamics is a robotics company purchased by Google in 2013. It is best known for its Big Dog design. The Big Dog was a quadruped robot which was designed to navigate the rough terrain. Now Big Dog has found its baby brother, Spot. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. Spot has a sensor head that helps navigate and estimate a rough terrain. Spot weighs about 160 lbs.
Just like his big brother, Spot has four legs, has a sensor head and has an uncanny ability to stay upright while climbing. It is able to balance itself when kicked as it’s a smaller but a more agile version. Spot also lighter than the Big Dog. It is able to jog and carry heavy gear and equipment. Watch Spot in the video below as it easily climbs up and down the terrain. It can also walk through the rocky paths with ease.
It climbs up and down the stairs, then jogs with the man at the same pace. Later in the video, the two of them jog and climb together. Towards the end, both the Big Dog and Spot are made to climb the terrain, and what we can notice is that Spot is faster than Big Dog.
Watch the video below:
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