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Boston Dynamics trains creepy robot DOG to navigate autonomously around an office; The robot, called SpotMini, is a small four-legged all-electric droid, which moves just like a dog.

Byline: Shivali Best

Boston Dynamics has released a new video of its creepyrobotdog navigating its way around an office.

The robot, called SpotMini, is a small four-legged all-electric droid, which moves just like a dog.

During the latest test, researchers manually drove the robot through an office, allowing it to build a map of the space using visual data from cameras mounted on its front, back and sides.

The researchers then put SpotMini into autonomous mode, and let it loose on the office.

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Incredibly, SpotMini used data from the camera to understand where its starting point was, before moving around the office.

The whole time, the robot used its cameras to detect and avoid obstacles in its path.

The full test lasted six minutes, during which time SpotMini managed to navigate around corridors, up and down stairs and even outside.

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In the future, stable, dexterous robots like the Spot Mini could be put to work in dangerous environments and conflict zones to prevent humans from being exposed to risk.

Or they could be used in households to help people who may have mobility problems or to carry out mundane tasks that humans would rather avoid doing.

Either way, if this video is anything to go by we won't be able to stop them anyway.

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The full test lasted six minutes

Credit: Boston Dynamics

SpotMini managed to navigate around corridors, up and down stairs and even outside

Credit: Boston Dynamics

In the future, stable, dexterous robots like the Spot Mini could be put to work in dangerous environments and conflict zones to prevent humans from being exposed to risk

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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
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Date:May 11, 2018
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