Leaner, quieter and more agile robot dog – Spot mini

SpotMini is a small four-legged robot that comfortably fits in an office or home. It weighs 25 kg (30 kg if you include the arm). SpotMini is all-electric and can>A go for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. SpotMini is the quietest robot we have built.

It has no hydraulics.

SpotMini inherits all of the mobility of its bigger brother, Spot, while adding the ability to pick up and handle objects using its 5 degree-of-freedom arm and beefed up perception sensors. The sensor suite includes stereo cameras, depth cameras, an IMU, and position/force sensors in the limbs. These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation.

7 thoughts on “Leaner, quieter and more agile robot dog – Spot mini”

  1. You know how when dogs are asleep, they sometimes move their paws like they’re running? Well now you know what they’re running from.

  2. When I started studying robots at high school a few years ago, there were some simulations that showed how we could computationally train systems to “move” naturally, though that didn’t translate well to real life robots. I read a bit about the topic and I found it really interesting, one of these problems that seem so simple to us, but are so difficult to solve in real life engineering. I don’t know how are they doing it nowadays, but leaving militar purposes aside, seeing how we can “simulate” nature and “teach” man-made robots to move every time more naturally… I find that fascinating.

    • “Calling it a robot dog? Anyone can see it’s a dinosaur.”

      With the brain in the “body” and eyes and tactile sensors in the “hand” it’s more like a puppeteer 🙂

  3. All you need to add is some speech recognition and planning software to have a robot that could really get itself in some real trouble. 😉

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