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Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robots are strong enough to haul a box truck


Boston Dynamics' new video shows 10 of its canine-inspired machines attached to a box truck like sled dogs, pulling it across the company's parking lot with a one-degree uphill slope.


There was a driver behind the wheel during the demonstration, probably to prevent accidents, but the vehicle itself was in neutral.


Boston Dynamics built the all-electric SpotMini as a quadruped robot that weighs 66 pounds.


The machine can run for up to 90 minutes, depending on what it's doing -- its battery life is probably a lot shorter than an hour-and-a-half when it's hauling trucks, though.


It has 3D vision cameras, as well as a suite of sensors for navigation and mobile manipulation.


Seeing as it can carry payloads up to 31 pounds, has an arm that can handle objects, and can go up and down the stairs, it could be used for warehouses or maybe even for search-and-rescue missions in the future.






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