Technology Boston Dynamics' robot dog takes an 'evening stroll' in Canada

03:25  29 september  2020
03:25  29 september  2020 Source:   engadget.com

I walked Spot, the Boston Dynamics robot dog, remotely -- and only crashed once

  I walked Spot, the Boston Dynamics robot dog, remotely -- and only crashed once You, too, can take Spot for a walk thanks to Formant, a company that lets humans manage robots from afar.To showcase its software, San Francisco-based Formant is offering everyday people like you and me the chance to walk Spot around the Bay Area. The best part? You don't have to leave the house. Spot can be walked from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Formant's platform lets humans manage a wide range of robots -- including drones , underwater robots, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and quadrupeds like Spot -- remotely through a web browser.

The robot dog has been seen scuttling about the streets in northern Ontario, CanadaCredit: @bloodtear. The robot has all the movements of a real dogCredit: @bloodtear. The mechanical canine — named Spot by maker Boston Dynamics — got the attention of @bloodtear who came

Boston Dynamics ' well-known robot , Spot, is available for commercial purchase. Michael Perry, VP of business development at Boston Dynamics , says Spot As many people adopt or foster dogs and cats while staying home during the Covid-19 pandemic, there's a different kind of "pet" that can help

Last week a lot of people got their first taste of an in-the-wild encounter between organic human life and one of Boston Dynamics’ advanced robots. In Northern Ontario, Canada @bloodtear noticed the Spot robot walking down the street and had an encounter that wouldn’t have been odd if it had been with a real dog instead of a robot copy.

After their brief interaction flashed across social media and made a few headlines, Boston Dynamics issued a statement about the interaction. According to the company, the robot was on an “evening stroll” with a handler who was “conducting routine mobility tests,” and Nathan explained in other tweets that the operator was following behind with a remote control We’re still waiting to see more real-world applications for the company’s various robotic ventures, but now that they’re on sale, you can expect to see more people bumping into these devices going forward.

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