A Guy With A Hockey Stick Is The Only Thing Stopping Door-Opening Robots From Escaping

A Guy With A Hockey Stick Is The Only Thing Stopping Door-Opening Robots From Escaping
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Video: If last week’s video of Boston Dynamic’s SpotMini robo-dog opening doors all by itself had you worried, don’t be. The bot’s creators have done everything possible to ensure the public’s safety by hiring a guy to thwart the robo-dog’s escape attempts using a hockey stick. Phew! One less thing to stress over.

Boston Dynamics' Unsettling Robodog Can Now Escape Through (Unlocked) Doors

Video: The first time we saw Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robo-dog in action, it used its gripping arm to help load a dishwasher. But after getting a fancy new yellow coat a few months ago, SpotMini has apparently since learned how to open doors, enabling the robot, and its comrades, to escape a life of servitude.

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We’ll give the robot some credit, it puts up a good fight against the goon trying to smack its grabbing hand away from the door handle in a “robustness test” uploaded by Boston Dynamics today. But ultimately the four-legged robot gets dragged away from its escape attempt like a dog on a leash trying to get in one last sniff before its afternoon at the park is over. Maybe someone should suggest that Boston Dynamics’ technicians set off a few firecrackers first? That always sent our family dog into hiding.

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