Boston Dynamics’ Latest Robot Dog Is Slightly Less Terrifying

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  1. Megalith

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    Robot maker Boston Dynamics, now owned by Japanese telecom and tech giant SoftBank, just published a short YouTube clip featuring a new, more advanced version of its SpotMini robot. The new SpotMini looks much more polished and less grotesque, like a real-life cross between a Pixar animation and a robot out of a Neill Blomkamp vision of the future, thanks in part to series of bright yellow plates covering its legs and body.
     
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    That looks like an appliance from the 1970's, shape color and all. Couldn't they make it look more modern?
     
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    Damn they really trimmed the fat off the old design. More like a cheetah now.
     
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    Damn boston Dynamics, U Scary!



    That thing come by my house I'll kill it.
     
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    I was thinking Half Life for some reason. Maybe it needs a sonic attack?
     
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    I think it looks cool, but damn it you guys... now I have the Cheetahmen theme song in my head

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    Because robots are supposed to look good?
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    That guy in the picture just looks like a creep.....
     
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    That movement is so smooth and seems extremely stable. Not that they were not stable before, but surely not as smooth.
     
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    Lucky dog get's a makeover. Now to mount a .50 cal on it.
     
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    The Japanese influence is evident. Boston Dynamics design always came across as aggressively utilitarian. Japanese robot design, on the other hand, tends towards clean lines.

    The combination here is pretty insidious.
     
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    Great for surveillance I think.
    Sensor here and here, out goes the dog to scare intruders (maybe real dogs too hehe)
     
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    I'm guessing due to what appears to be the use of electric controls instead of hydraulic. If you ask me this thing is still plenty creepy looking though, precisely because of how agile it does move and how clean it is, like it's ready to chase you down, look at you with a quirky side glance, then pop open a flap extending an integrated concealed rifle and blow your brains out.
     
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    Hey I was having a bad hair day....
     
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    Why does this remind me so much of Ravage?
     
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    Hehehe, I just popped into this thread to say the same thing. Won't be "slightly less terrifying" with a gun on its back, and retractable claws. :D
     
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    How long before every cop on patrol has one of these?
     
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    Didn't MGS 3 have a similar robot in it? Am I recalling that correctly?
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    Found it! https://goo.gl/images/eRtNvT
     
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    I never played the game, but that does look strikingly similar. I wonder if the BD guys played this game. I guess the design does basically make sense in a lot of ways though, so I guess it could be expected.
     
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    Oh good, now get the swearing module installed.

    NSFW-language:

    I share it, because it makes me laugh everytime.
     
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    Someone paint the thing like a cheetah!
     
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    The version shown in the vid looks like a four legged knee ramming machine. I'd hate to be in its way when it is on full sprint.
     
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    Battery tech unless it improves a lot. Is going to hold back what robotics can do.
     
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    Ooooooh first look at the new walmart employees.
     
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    Confired. Dogs can't look up.
     
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    Uhh, I would say that is more terrifying - looks pretty agile. Forget pepper spray, looks like we are going to need personal EMP devices.
     
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    That would be so easy to weaponize. Buy 12 of them and mount a pair of shotguns up top on each with fully autonomous target detection and firing capability. Have four of them patrolling the grounds on your remote island estate on a rotational basis at any given time while the others are charging. Oh, and wear a monocle and a white suit and hang out by your pool with bikini clad models while you await someone to try and infiltrate your lair.

    Seriously though, these thing are getting scary good. Weaponized robotic guard dogs aren’t that far off now as to what’s possible with the tech... Shades of the semi-autonomous guard units in Snow Crash.
     
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    My next question is, can you ride it like a horse?
     
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    I like how it jogs in place before taking off