Boston Dynamics took the leashes off its robots Atlas and SpotMini

Boston Dynamics took the leashes off its robots Atlas and SpotMini

No more joking that robots will one day replace and/or destroy humans. cause s*** just got real thanks to the nerds at Boston Dynamics.

Earlier this year, Boston Dynamics released a new video of its SpotMini robot dog - showing the dog resisting an owner armed with a hockey stick. The robot's missing a head, but who cares?

The fact that the Atlas robot can jump over a log is perhaps not too surprising if you consider that the same Boston Dynamics design was shown doing backflips past year. Spotmini now comes with autonomous navigation mode which means the robot can now walk on its own in a specified area, without requiring manual driving. It is almost 5ft (1.5m) tall, and weighs 165lb (75kg).

The engineers at Boston Dynamics devote much time to the improvement of the finished robots. As explained on the company's website, "Atlas' control system coordinates motions of the arms, torso and legs to achieve whole-body mobile manipulation, greatly expanding its reach and workspace".

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What are you expecting next from Boston Dynamics? The dog-like robot is four-limbed and has the ability to climb up and down stairs all on its now.

Before making the autonomous run, the SpotMini was manually driven through the space to build a map of the surroundings using data from multiple cameras.

Boston Dynamics continually amazes us with the feats of its robotic cohort.

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