Boston Dynamics’ “SpotMini” Negotiates Doors with Ease

As shown in this video, a hand-mounted camera finds the door handle, and body-mounted cameras orient the robot as it navigates through the doorway. Locomotion and balance are guided automatically, and the robot, perhaps contrary to the gut instinct of some observers, is able to overcome and ignore interference from the technician with no emotional response or apparent concerns. Robots not only perform dull, dirty and dangerous jobs, they are oblivious to stimuli that humans might find quite distracting or even frustrating.

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