Watch Boston Dynamics' new SpotMini housekeeping robot load the dishwasher

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Jun 27, 2016, 2:58 PM EDT

Are your slacker housekeepers just not tidying up your place the way they used to?  Google's robotics think tank, Boston Dynamics, may have the solution in its latest tech creation, the SpotMini.   This four-legged canine robot with the retractable dino-like head and neck is the latest in the Waltham, Mass., research lab's incredible line of mechanical marvels.  You've probably seen its amazing ATLAS robot tromping down the trail or lifting boxes in a warehouse and imagined battalions of these bots taking over the world, but the AI advancements are not quite up to the task ... yet!  

SpotMini is adept at all manner of chores around the house, and my hyper-critical ex-girlfriend would applaud its systematic alignment of the flatware and glasses in the dishwasher.   Just don't leave any banana peels scattered around the floor!


Here's the official description from Boston Dynamics:

“SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot that weighs 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. These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation. SpotMini performs some tasks autonomously, but often uses a human for high-level guidance.”

Check out this latest demonstration video and tell us if you're ready to swap out your cleaning person for an agile SpotMini.


(Via The Mary Sue)