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This robot dog is adorable, unbeatable, and a little unnerving
And it has really good balance to boot.
Just in case you had any doubts about the robot pet you’re eventually going to beg for, Boston Dynamics is here to assure you that they will be durable, withstanding even the hardest kicks lobbed at their metal, programmable abdomens.
The robot is powered by electricity and moves with hydraulics, according to the company. And thanks to a sensor on its head, the little dog (or creature resembling some sort of animal that might actually maul us while we sleep) can wander tough terrain just as easy as walking through the office.
Spot weighs 160 pounds, or about the same as two German Shepherds. The robot is the smallest of the Boston Dynamics bunch, and you can see as it leaves its robot family just how different it is from the others.
The robot walks through the office like it’s all NBD.
To demonstrate the robot’s durability and balance, someone even tried to kick it over. Spot just catches himself and keeps on walking.
And if you prefer your robot pets (or overlords) to spend their days outdoors, Spot can enjoy a stroll through a rocky, forested area, too.
The whole video is cute, impressive, and a little bit unnerving. Though clearly not made for consumers quite yet, Spot does offer a glimpse into future pet ownership for the extremely allergic.
Selena Larson is a technology reporter based in San Francisco who writes about the intersection of technology and culture. Her work explores new technologies and the way they impact industries, human behavior, and security and privacy. Since leaving the Daily Dot, she's reported for CNN Money and done technical writing for cybersecurity firm Dragos.