Boston Dynamics

18. 05. 22
posted by: Andy Seiter

So for whatever reason, Luke and Adam have decided that there should be even more content coming from everyone’s favorite segment, the Best Segment You’ve Ever Nerd.  Hey, look at that, there’s no flushing sound effect in the blog!

This blog is going to serve two purposes for me.  First, it’s an opportunity to post additional content building on one of the previous podcast episodes (like I’ll be doing this week).  Second, I’ll be able to talk about some things that either wouldn’t fit in the limited time we have on the pod, things that the other guys may not have any interest in, or just topics I want to talk about that I forgot to mention on the episode.  My goal is to put up a weekly post, and if I say that here, that means I have to do it, right?  Otherwise our legions of fans will call me out, and I’ll look like a total tool.

This week, as promised, I have some links to the videos we talked about on this week’s segment.  For those who might have missed it, we discussed Boston Dynamics and their viral video robots.  The company recently announced that they want to make one of their robots, the SpotMini, commercially available by 2019.  Let’s take a look at what the SpotMini might be able to do, and why you might want to buy it:

SpotMini opening a door:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUyU3lKzoio

Opening a door, this time with a wrinkle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFuA50H9uek

Showing off other possibilities:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf7IEVTDjng

The SpotMini looks awesome.  I’d buy the thing for the dishwashing capabilities alone.  Plus, it looks like it’s just a few generations removed from being a full-on Metal Gear.  But, with an estimated starting price tag of between $5,000-$20,000, and a production run that will be painfully limited, it might be a while before the general public can really get their hands on one.  It is still a big step towards having genuinely useful robots in the home, and in all honesty doesn’t seem like the type of robot to murder you in your sleep (I’m looking at you, Roomba).

If you are looking for a robot that will be taking its vengeance upon mankind, check out Boston Dynamics’ Atlas model.  The Atlas looks like it will not only kick your ass, but will also beat your 5k time for good measure.  Good luck sleeping tonight.

That does it for this week.  Stay tuned, there is a lot going on this summer in the nerd world.  We have more superhero movies, E3, nerdy sports stories, and plenty more to come on the Best Segment You’ve Ever Nerd’s blog!