Inventions & Tech

The Dog of the Future: Boston Dynamics’ Newest SpotMini

Meet the newest version of SpotMini, Boston Dynamics’ yellow four-legged robot that actually looks pretty sleek.

It seems a lot more advanced than their older robots, something I could honestly see chasing me down in a post-apocalyptic robot future hellscape. Exciting and terrifying, just the way it should be.

Unfortunately, we don’t know much about it, yet. The above video is more of a teaser trailer for whatever they have planned. The description simply reads: “For more information . . . stay tuned.”


I wonder, though: Are we heading toward a day when people will actually own robot dogs, choose your own color? How about robot guard dogs? SpotMini still looks a bit insectoid to me, so I don’t know how I’d feel about someone taking one of these out for a walk on a cold, dark night. But I suppose these things are always changing.

A previous version of the SpotMini looks like a dinosaur, with a long neck and I guess a mouth. It’s pretty weird:

For a bonus, check out 1:27 to watch it slip and fall on a banana peel.

Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. For nearly 10 years, he's managed Stranger Dimensions, providing a unique perspective on all matters involving time travel, parallel universes, and whether or not robots might one day take over the world.

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  1. Someday, ATLAS and ASIMO will be out walking their SpotMinis and have to break-up robodog fights…but they will never neglect scooping the poo either, as the droppings will be new-fangled super batteries…

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