Boston Dynamics SpotMini Household Robot Does The Dishes

Posted: Jun 26 2016, 2:07am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 26 2016, 2:09am CDT, in News | Technology News

Boston Dynamics SpotMini Household Robot Does the Dishes
Credit: Boston Dynamics

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Google robot lab beats Elon Musk developing a household robot.

Elon Musk's artificial intelligence venture OpenAI plans to build household robots. Google's Boston Dynamics robot outfit has already built one.

Meet SpotMini. The dog-sized robot with a dinosaur head can the a range of chores around the house.

SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot, weighing 55lbs and 65lbs if you include its arm.

The domestic robot is an all-electric robot that does not use any hydraulics. SpotMini runs for about 90 minutes on a single charge, depending on what it is chores.

SpotMini is one of the quietest robots that Boston Dynamics has built so far. It has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs.

These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation. SpotMini performs some tasks autonomously, but often uses a human for high-level guidance.

In a video released by Boston Dynamics SpotMini puts dishes into a dishwasher and throw away trash.

The agile SpotMini looks already very refined. It will though likely take several more years until you can buy a robot dog housemaid.

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