BigDog's little brother

Spot the robot dog takes a licking and keeps on walking

Robotics company Boston Dynamics, now part of Google, is showing off its latest robot — Spot, a four-legged robot that can navigate office hallways or uneven wooded terrain. It can also recover after being tripped and even withstand what looks to be a full-on assault, if this new video is to be believed.

Check it out:

From the video notes: “Spot is a four-legged robot designed for indoor and outdoor operation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. Spot has a sensor head that helps it navigate and negotiate rough terrain. Spot weighs about 160 lbs.”

Spot appears to be the smaller, younger brother of BigDog, an existing robot model by Boston Dynamics, which also builds prototype warrior robots.