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Boston Dynamics' dog robot can now open up doors. We're screwed

Boston Dynamics' dog robot can now open up doors. We're screwed

Fans of Boston Dynamics will notice that this video is significantly less threatening than one from 2016 which saw the larger, Terminator-style Atlas bipedal robot push its way through a door. As the title of the video (below) aptly suggests, this arm can be used to lend a hand to its armless friend by opening doors for it. Now they can open doors, CBS Boston reports. But after getting a fancy new yellow coat a few months ago, SpotMini has apparently since learned how to open doors, enabling the robot, and its comrades, to escape a life of servitude.

SpotMini, a four-legged robot that resembles a dog without a head, can now open doors. In the 45-second clip, the robot manages to approach a door, grab the handle, and successfully turn it. It only shared that the SpotMini is created to be battery-powered and it can run for about 90 minutes on a single charge.

The SpotMini is able to pick up and handle items due to its mechanical arm and perception sensors.

SpotMini is all-electric and can go for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing, the firm says, boasting 'SpotMini is the quietest robot we have built'.

The company, now owned by SoftBank, showed its SpotMini bot opening a door and holding them open, using its extendable arm/neck. Remember that as early as 2015, Boston Dynamics' robots were being trained in combat by US Marines.

Boston Dynamics has for the last half-year been owned by the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank (sftby), but for the preceding three-and-a-half years it was Google's property.

Previously another Boston Dynamics robot broke the internet when in another video released by the company, the robot could jump and do a backflip.

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