Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog, Spot, Can Now Open Doors

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Highlights:

  • Robot dog, Spot, can open the door handle and walk out
  • Mixed reactions from people across the globe encompassing appreciation for the technology to fear of robotic apocalypse

Thedeo of the door opening robotic dog has caused quite a stir on the social media and the heated discussion are swaying from the future of technology to final days of human kind. Regardless of the discussions, it is indeed a true that this is a pragmatic case for technology and it has the potential to change the way businesses operate now.

Boston Dynamics has created this robot dog, Spot, and it is considered as the milestone of robotics. In the video the robot dog can be seen approaching a door and realizing that it doesn’t have hands to open the door. At the same time, another robot with hand appears from around a corner. It gabs the door handle with its grabber and opens the door by pulling the door towards itself. It then allows its friend to pass through and later moves forward. The impressive feat is that not only the robot dog misses the door handle, but  also is strong enough to pull the doo to itself and keeps the door open using its own weight.

Boston Dynamics was a former associated body of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was later purchased by Google in 2014. The company primarily undertook research activities for military. It was later sold to Japanese multinational, SoftBank. The terms of both the transactions were not disclosed.

Experts in robotics believe that the robots will be used extensively to do the pragmatic tasks and Boston Dynamics will be the frontrunner. The robots can be employed to tasks, such as cleaning roads, delivering packages for a courier company.

Roboticist at Carnegie Mellon University, Chris Atkenson told CBS MoneyWatch, “The company’s door-opening robot “could be very useful for logistics, such as delivering packages from trucks to the door. It could be used for environment cleanup, such as picking up litter. I expect a version with multiple arms (and) possibly with different functions.”

The current owner of the company, SoftBank is yet to yield the fruits of its investment in Boston Dynamics robotics efforts, however they can have a large customer base in Japan. Japanese people are found to be more receptive to robotics technology and are willing to deal with robots in their day-to-day lives.

SoftBank’s humanoid robot, Pepper, which is exclusively sold in Japan alone, can sing and answer to simple questions. Pepper is supposed to be used for customer service operations.

At TED 2017, Boston Dynamics’ founder and CEO Marck Raibert shared a video of the robot dog, Spot, delivering packages to people’s door in Boston. Delivering packages is one of the application Spot had. Raibert said on the stage, “We’ve been taking our robot to our employees’ homes to see whether we could get in the various access ways. We’re doing very well—about 70 percent of the way.”

This marvelous piece of technology have received missed response from the viewers. It includes excitement to feat of a robotic apocalypse for the human race. The Hollywood movies, such as Terminator and I, Robot are largely responsible for it. Here are a few reactions from people:

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https://twitter.com/timmysamuel/status/963154291287408640

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https://twitter.com/breagrant/status/963173377627144192

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