Boston Dynamics presented upgraded SpotMini - a robot dog

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The SoftBank-owned robotics company took to YouTube Monday to show off the latest development of its SpotMini robotic dog. The second bot turns the handle, pulls the door open and holds it for the first to walk through, then follows.

Others had a more positive reaction.

Beyond robot dogs, Boston Dynamics has also showcased humanoid robots capable of feats that only the most athletic humans can perform. The show's creator told Entertainment Weekly in an interview that the episode was, indeed, inspired by the Boston Dynamics robots.

The dextrous robot's objective is to team up with other SpotMinis to approach a door and open it, allowing its armless companions to walk in. It is battery operated which offers up to 90 minutes of power on a single charge. Weighing 25 to 30 kg with the robotic arm, it is able to pick up and handle items with the mechanical arm and perception sensors.

SpotMini is a miniaturised version of the robot that Boston Dynamics built its name on: BigDog, a robotic pack-horse originally designed for the U.S. army.

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They've taught a robot how to open doors. Apparently, Boston Dynamics has added even more useful skills to the SpotMini after the design update in November.

Would you like a SpotMini in your home?

SpotMini was first unveiled in 2016, and a previous version of the mini version of spot with a unusual extendable neck has been shown off helping around the house. Its sensors include stereo cameras, depth cameras, and sensors in the limbs that help with "navigation and mobile manipulation".

Boston Dynamics is back again with a new series of robots that is ready to blow your mind.

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