SpotMini, the latest dog-like quadruped robot from Boston Dynamics, is back, and it’s learned a new trick. The robot, which was unveiled in June 2016 and then updated in November 2017, can now open doors and hold them open for another robot.
In the video released by Boston Dynamics, not only does the new-and-improved SpotMini open the door for itself, it even holds it open for its robot colleague. A portrait of professional collegiality, this is a big step up from the solo activities of washing dishes or rolling over.
SpotMini ‘doggie droid’ was originally programmed to help clean dishes, it could be a formidable opponent should robots ever rise up against humanity. The extremely dexterous machine has mastered the art of opening doors and set a breakthrough in the field of AI.
The SpotMini has been around before, with a version of the nimble robot filmed marauding around an office space and even stacking a dishwasher. Now the firm, owned by Japan’s Softbank Group, has released new footage showing two SpotMinis combining to help one another through a closed door.
The video shows one of the machines using a large clamp-like device to operate a door handle with ease. The clip, while impressive, is also somewhat creepy and reminiscent of a famous Jurassic Park scene. In the Spielberg classic, two velociraptors figure out the mechanics of a door handle, with grisly results.