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Boston Dynamics Robot Dog SpotMini Can Now Open Open Doors

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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.

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The video, titled “Hey Buddy, Can You Give Me a Hand,” shows a SpotMini approaching a closed door and looking briefly depressed about its inability to get through. A second SpotMini then shows up to help out. This is when the video veers into extra-weird territory.

The robotic limb reaches out, and uses a pincer-grip to grab hold of the door knob.A quick twist-and-pull and the door slides open, allowing the dog to leave the room and potentially escape its life of servitude.

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SpotMini inherits all of the mobility of its bigger brother, Spot, while adding the ability to pick up and handle objects using its 5 degree-of-freedom arm and beefed up perception sensors. The sensor suite includes stereo cameras, depth cameras, an IMU, and position/force sensors in the limbs. These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation.

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