How SpotMini Robot opens the Door

Boston Dynamics posted a video of its SpotMini robot: how the robot opens the door. Boston Dynamics has an extraordinary technical team of engineers and scientists that aren’t stopping to amaze us. At first sight, it’s a quite incredible feat. But it’s also an interesting twist in the quest to make robots that get along with a world built by and for humans. According to the Boston Dynamics 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 go for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. SpotMini is the quietest robot that Boston Dynamics have built. IT gets 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 complained 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. The writes that this newest variety of SpotMini marries the stability of a quadruped with the dexterity of a human. It’s a hybrid creature that shows the awesome power of robotics: Human engineers are inventing an incredible array of new species because they’re not bound by the rules of nature, just physics. SpotMini is but one species in a robotic kingdom that is exploding with diversity. And it’s thanks to the large part of door handles.