Remember Boston Dynamics’ four-legged SpotMini robot? It can load the dishwasher and hand over a soda can, among other things. Well, there’s a video that shows off a new capability: it can now open doors.
The little things
The details in this new skill are pretty impressive. SpotMini can:
- Grab, turn, and pull a door handle.
- Use its foot to keep the door slightly open.
- Have its robot arm let go of the handle, then push the door open, allowing its armless companion to walk through.
Let’s not forget that Boston Dynamics is also responsible for Atlas, a bipedal robot that can do backflips better than the average person.
Perhaps the company should change its name to Skynet.