Right here, Spot! See Boston Dynamics’ New Robotic Canine Run (and Climb)

What’s extra tailored for Web virality: video of a pet or of a futuristic-wanting robotic? A buzzy new clip from Boston Dynamics has each: The Google-owned robotics firm launched a YouTube video of "Spot," a 4-legged robotic that may navigate tough terrain and workplace cubicles alike.

Boston Dynamics’ video exhibits a Spot trotting by means of the halls of the corporate’s workplaces, scaling hills and stairs outdoors, and jostling one other Spot with out both of them falling over. The android pup even stands as much as a staffer who tries to kick it over (aww, c’mon, man!), because it skids and stumbles however manages to remain upright.

The pet-like robotic is oddly cute within the video posted on Monday, nevertheless it’s the newest in a line of robots designed for critical use. Boston Dynamics, which Google acquired in 2013, beforehand did work for DARPA and has designed robots that may help troopers. Earlier Boston Dynamics tasks embrace BigDog, one other hound-like beast that may throw cinderblocks greater than 15 ft; Cheetah, which may run at greater than 28 miles per hour; and Sand Flea, which may leap greater than two tales up into the air by firing itself from the bottom up onto the roof of a low constructing.

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First revealed February 10 2015, 7:33 AM