Boston Dynamics, for those unfamiliar, is a company that builds and develops robots. They were also acquired by Google back in 2013, and recently the company has taken the wraps off their latest design – a robotic dog called Spot, which is also essentially a smaller and slightly more agile version of their WildCat robot.
Spot weighs 160 pounds and is electrically-powered and hydraulically-actuated. The robot is able to walk, climb across all sorts of terrains thanks to its built-in sensor, and what’s interesting is that the robot will be able to balance itself even after repeated attempts at trying to kick it to throw it off balance, which you can see for yourself in the video above.
This is actually a pretty impressive feature and because of its size and the fact that it is relatively light compared to the WildCat or Big Dog, it will be able to navigate its way in tight spots and bring help/aid to places where regular robots might not be able to traverse, or might be too wooded for drones to access either.
It is unclear as to what Boston Dynamics/Google’s plans are for Spot, but we have to say that we are impressed with just how natural and organic its movements look in the video, although it does look like we could be one step closer to the robot uprising.