Terminator Rising: Watch Boston Dynamics' Robot Dog Fight a Human
For decades, sci-fi fans have been haunted by the infamous velociraptor door-opening scene in Jurassic Park.
Did that stop Boston Dynamics from creating a headless, four-legged robot dog with a giant pincer arm capable of opening doors?
...No. No, it did not. Now they've officially crossed the line by simulating a situation where a human armed with a hockey stick actively tries to stop the four-legged monster from getting into a room.
The results of the experiment? The robot dog cannot be stopped.
Don't take our word for it. Watch the video:
Despite losing part of its tail, the tenacious SpotMini expertly deals with being blocked by the hockey stick, being pushed away – even dragged backward with a leash. Like Boston Dynamics' bigger robot dog, Spot, SpotMini always stays balanced and compensates for slips, pushes, and blows knocking it off course. The giant robot arm also shows uncanny responsiveness: even after being deflected with a hockey stick, the arm keeps trying to grab the handle.
According to the Boston Dynamics site:
"SpotMini is a small four-legged robot that comfortably fits in an office or home. It weighs 25 kg (30 kg if you include the arm). SpotMini is all-electric and can go for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. SpotMini is the quietest robot we have built."
We've seen a lot of robots meant for home use (including SoftBank's Pepper and Robelf), but SpotMini takes the cake when it comes to being a potential threat – especially if it's integrated into an IoT environment that's vulnerable to hackers. Not only can SpotMinis work together, open doors, and resist human attackers, they're also quiet and move low to the ground like predatory wolves. Maybe Elon Musk was telling the truth: he wasn't selling those flamethrowers for the zombie apocalypse. Maybe he was preparing us for something like SpotMini instead.