Enter the newest member of the family (see All in the
Family sidebar): SpotMini. In addition to the adoption of
the now familiar Boston Dynamics “unique” naming
convention (e.g., BigDog, Petman, etc.) as shown in Figure
3, the new SpotMini has some other tricks up its, err, ahh,
sleeve. According to the Boston Dynamics You Tube video
that introduced SpotMini to the world:
“SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot,
weighing 55 lbs dripping wet ( 65 lbs if you include its arm).
SpotMini is all electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about
90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing.
SpotMini is one of the quietest robots we have ever built. It
has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid-state gyro (IMU), and proprioception sensors in the limbs.
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All in the Family
Here’s a quick rundown of the Boston Dynamics robot family
Atlas — Six foot tall biped that scared Google’s public relations
BigDog — Robotic pack mule created in 2005.
Cheetah — Set the land speed record for legged robots in 2012
at 28 mph.
LittleDog — Small quadruped robot designed for locomotion
LS3 — Legged Squad Support System, called AlphaDog; deemed
too noisy for military work.
Petman — Protection Ensemble Test Mannequin for evaluating
RHex — Rugged six-legged all-terrain robot.
RiSE — Six-legged vertical climbing robot.
SandFlea — An 11 pound four-wheeled robot that can jump 30
feet into the air.
Bloomberg Boston Dynamics article
Boston Dynamics www.bostondynamics.com
SpotMini You Tube Video https://youtu.be/tf7IEVTDjng
Figure 3. The Boston Dynamics SpotMini. This model is
“dressed out” in a fashionable “Spring white” plastic skin.
Figure 2A and 2B. Able to leap a 30-foot building in a
single bound ... the SandFlea.