Google unleashes Robot Dog
Google-owned Boston Dynamics launched a YouTube video clip of the company’s most up-to-date robotic project Thursday, and the four-legged, 160 pound, mechanical canine is equally borderline cute and borderline scary.
Spot – a more compact model of the company’s aptly named Big Dog – is capable of gracefully (for a robot) jogging up hills, maneuvering through rough terrain and climbing stairs. And he’s silent, and that means you might avoid seeing him coming.
The robot also features the ability to self-stabilize, which Boston Dynamics illustrates by video clip taping employees kicking him in the side.