Do you know the quantity of sports robots required to construct a big truck? Well, just 10! Apparently, ten canine-inspired machines linked and well connected to sled dogs like box truck, pulling it across the parking lot of Boston Dynamics with nearly one-degree uphill slope as shown by them in their video clip titled “Mush, Spot Mush!” posted on YouTube . Although during demonstration there was a driver behind the wheels in order to prevent accidents from happening, the vehicle itself was all neutral.
Boston Dynamics is an American robotics and engineering company which was started in 1992 by Marc Raibert, originally as a M.I.T spinoff. It is currently owned by the Japanese conglomerate group, SoftBank. It is quite popular for the humanoid robot, Atlas and BigDog, a quadruped robot which was meant for the United States military funded by DARPA.
It built the all-electric SpotMini , which is basically a quadruped robot that weighs approximately 66 pounds. It has only 17 joints and is equipped with a robotic arm which has a 5 degree-of-freedom and extends like a crane from its head. The machine has the capacity to run for up to 90 minutes, which definitely depends on the kind of work it does in that period, however it needs to be noted that the battery life is indeed shorter than an hour-and-a-half when it is hauling trucks SpotMinis are equipped with amazing three- dimensional vision cameras, as well as a suite of sensors in order to make it capable of navigation and mobile manipulation. The robotics company- Boston Dynamics said that it is the least noise producing machine it has ever produced, which now is almost out for sale as it comes out on the production line, being available for a variety of appliances.
Since these SpotMinis can carry insanely heavy payloads up to thirty one pounds, they have an arm that is potentially made to handle objects and carry them up and down the stairs. This makes these SpotMinis useful for warehouses and search and rescue missions in near future. Therefore, we can definitely conclude that Boston Dynamics is true to its slogan of changing our ideas regarding what robots can do!
We are not yet aware of what these robots would look exactly like or how much spot power will they be able to carry but the strength and rigidity definitely sets a benchmark in the robotics industry and challenges the newer generation of robots yet to come!