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Technology Watch a Boston Dynamics robot dog pull a rickshaw

04:55  18 february  2020
04:55  18 february  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Boston Dynamics recently recruited former MythBusters host Adam Savage to experiment with the dog -like Spot Mini to see what the robot is capable of. Considering Savage and the carriage aren't light cargo, it's impressive to see Spot pull the rickshaw along a paved road and uphill at the same

Boston Dynamics started leasing out its animal-like Spot robots in September, and they're already being modded Savage built what he described as a "steampunk-Victorian funeral" rickshaw over the course of five days, and spends You can watch Savage building his robot - pulled rickshaw below

Boston Dynamics recently recruited former MythBusters host Adam Savage to experiment with the dog-like Spot Mini to see what the robot is capable of.

Savage previously ran Spot successfully through a police training obstacle course, and now it looks like the robot has a new skill -- rickshaw driver. A rickshaw is a two or three-wheeled passenger cart generally pulled by one man (or in this case a robot) carrying one passenger. They were first used in the late 1800s.

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‘ MythBusters ’ host Adam Savage got the Boston Dynamics robot Spot to pull him around in an old-fashioned carriage. After more than 20 painstaking minutes of designing a ball-hitch handle Although this is not any practical way to travel, it looked awesome watching a dog -like robot pull a rickshaw .

Savage got his hands on a Spot robotic dog made by Boston Dynamics last month. He plans to conduct numerous tests with the man-made dog over Although this is not any practical way to travel, it looked awesome watching a dog -like robot pull a rickshaw . It was as if the victorian era met with

a person riding a bike down a dirt road: Watch Boston Dynamics' Spot Mini robot give Adam Savage a ride in a rickshaw.© Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

Watch Boston Dynamics' Spot Mini robot give Adam Savage a ride in a rickshaw.

In a new video posted on Feb. 13, with help from Zach Radding from Build Cool Stuff, Savage constructs a custom-made carriage with wheels for Spot to pull.

The four-legged robot weighs 55 to 66 pounds (25 to 30 kilograms) and can carry about 31 pounds (14 kilograms). SpotMini is all-electric and can run for up to 90 minutes on a charge.

Considering Savage and the carriage aren't light cargo, it's impressive to see Spot pull the rickshaw along a paved road and uphill at the same time.

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