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Boston Dynamics Reveals New Robot Dog

Google-owned Boston Dynamics today gave us a look at its latest quadruped robot, Spot. It’s a smaller, more agile version of WildCat.

As The Verge’s Rich McCormick points out, the robot has a dog’s name, but it walks more like a horse—daintily and predictably lifting its legs with each step, and trotting at higher speeds:

Spot seems to get picked on a lot—perhaps because it’s the smallest of the Boston Dynamics lineup. The demonstration shows multiple staff members kicking it, and in each case it stumbles before quickly regaining its balance:

0209_robotdogThe 160-pound electrically powered and hydraulically actuated robot can walk and trot through both indoor and outdoor environments, and it handles stairs and hills with ease.

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