Boston Dynamics SpotMini Robot Contends With Aggressive Human Stopping It

A few days ago, we saw Boston Dynamics SpotMini robot opening a door. That’s quite a feat for a bot, but what happens when you increase the difficulty for the robot? Here’s the bot trying to open a door, while a man tries to stop it. The robot continues to persevere in its attempt to open the door, even as the human puts several obstructions in its path.

Step 1. Make a 42,000 Matchstick Sphere

Step 2. Light that sucker on fire. Enjoy!

Quoting from the video description:

What happens when you start gluing matches together? Because the heads are slightly wider than the wooden bodies, they begin to form a sphere. This was an experiment in how many matches it would take to get all the way around to make a perfect globe. After months of gluing and gluing and gluing we made it to the other side. Then the experiment shifted to see what it would look like when this thing burned.

Skip to 1:45 if you want to dive right into the action.

Watch This Robot Open a Door For Its Robot Buddy

Here’s a cool video of Boston Dynamics SpotMini quadruped robot opening a door for its SpotMini buddy. Opening a door – while quite a simple move for humans, can be quite a feat for robots. Here we see the first SpotMini end up being helpless at the door (no surprise there), until its buddy shows up with an arm-like attachment to open the door. The bot opens the door, uses its foot to keep it ajar, and then pulls it open. Simple, eh? Quite a leap for bots though.