Boston Dynamics, better known for the hulking robot brute known as ATLAS, has just revealed a considerably smaller creation that looks like a cross between a golden retriever and a baby giraffe. But forget about it just replacing your family pet: SpotMini looks like it can replace your housecleaner too.
Weighing just 55 pounds on its own, or 65 pounds with its long articulated arm attached, SpotMini skips the hydraulics that Boston Dynamics’ other robots rely on, exclusively using electric motors to move around. On a full charge it can quietly roam about your house for a full 90 minutes depending on what chores you have it doing. It’s got a full suite of sensors on board for navigating almost any environment, and like a real dog, can be taught or guided by a human to perform countless tasks.