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Offline Art Topic starter
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Lots of good offerings in this video...


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Like this channel and have subscribed. Nice find, thanks.

On a lighter note, here's how to make spot dance...


Posted February 12, 2021, 20:40:41 PM Logged
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and more about spot. I want one.


Posted February 15, 2021, 18:05:28 PM Logged
“I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”

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I'm with you Snowy! I'd love to have one as well!

Boston Dynamics would be a great company in which to own a few shares of stock.

My luck...I'd put a bunch of money in their stock, then there'd be a robot uprising and my stocks would become worthless!

<Poof> just a bad dream... scratch-head

Posted February 16, 2021, 15:54:38 PM Logged

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Boston Dynamics' Spot Robot Dog Now Available for $74,500

And comes with this caveat...
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SPOT IS AN AMAZING ROBOT, BUT IS NOT CERTIFIED SAFE FOR IN-HOME USE OR INTENDED FOR USE NEAR CHILDREN OR OTHERS WHO MAY NOT APPRECIATE THE HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH ITS OPERATION.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/boston-dynamics-spot-robot-dog-now-available

I don't think my toys budget stretches that far.  Undecided

Posted February 16, 2021, 21:24:37 PM Logged
“I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Snowy,

I found one for only $10,000!! I know you have that much in your sock drawer!

You can now be a proud owner of A1...no...not the Steak Sauce, but Unitree's A1 robotic dog that is something of a work-alike to the BD's Spot.


Posted February 17, 2021, 13:43:23 PM Logged

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I also found these pretty cool cheetahs from M.I.T. but of course, we'd expect to find something robotic there!
I didn't notice that they were for sale but this might just be a testing phase.

I do think the robotic "dog" varieties are going to be around for quite a while!


Posted February 17, 2021, 13:48:50 PM Logged

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These little robots give off some body language, especially when they do that little jumping up and down thing, they look excited to be alive, it's like your brain is trying to work out if they are an animal or a machine. very cool tech Cool

Posted February 18, 2021, 11:24:42 AM Logged

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Cute for sure but I replayed the video and noticed that these robots are at the moment, radio-controlled and not capable of autonomous behavior as in the Boston Dynamics Spot robot.

Of course, these were built under funding from the University I doubt if the cameras and vision modules/software were in the budget at the time of build.

Then again, perhaps someone will enlighten a bit more.

Posted February 18, 2021, 13:06:31 PM Logged

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Spot has a controller too. You command it to move forward only though, and it works out how to move forward and avoid obstacles and keep balance etc. I assume there is some degree of self autonomy even with the small ones.

Posted February 18, 2021, 13:32:21 PM Logged
“I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”

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