Robo-Fido Thursday


SpotMini, no bark, no drool, no poop, no pee, no chew, oil occasionally.

It appears that, just like their flesh and blood counterparts, you just can’t put a good robot dog down, even if you’re a human fighting it for control of a door.

Boston Dynamics’ well-mannered four-legged machine SpotMini has already proved that it can easily open a door and walk through unchallenged, but now the former Google turned SoftBank robotics firm is teaching its robo-canines to fight back.

A newly released video shows SpotMini approaching the door as before, but this time it’s joined by a pesky human with an ice hockey stick. Unperturbed by his distractions, SpotMini continues to grab the handle and turn it even after its creepy fifth arm with a claw on the front is pushed away.

If that assault wasn’t enough, the human’s robot bullying continues, shutting the door on Spot, which counterbalances and fights back against the pressure. In a last-ditch effort to stop the robot dog breaching the threshold, the human grabs at a leash attached to the back of the SpotMini and yanks.

The robot valiantly trudges forward attempting to shake off this cowardly move, losing its tail in the process and looking ever more like a dog fighting its owner. Eventually the human gives in, SpotMini rights itself, lines up with the door, grabs the handle and across the threshold it goes.

@ TG

About Den

Always in search of interesting things to post. Armed with knowledge and dangerous with the ladies.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

19 Responses to Robo-Fido Thursday

  1. Den says:

    I need one of those with a saddle on it!


  2. §º¿º§ Carol says:

    Those robot animals are creepy. The one you posted last night, funny how it’s head stayed in the center of the room, almost like it was anchored there. It was creepy.


  3. §º¿º§ Carol says:

    I saw two sophomore boys interviewed on MSNBC by Katy Tur earlier and one of the boys said he’d like to ask Trump why he, and none of the other kids in their movement speaking out, were not invited to the White House. I TOLD you the kids in that room with Trump didn’t make waves, it was like they were hand picked to be milk-toast. One boy got to the crux, but even he wasn’t as well-spoken and firm as the two boys this afternoon. They were all about the right things, discounting arming teachers, disagreeing with the NRA’s speeches this morning. My heart soared and I feel like maybe there IS hope for us yet.


  4. §º¿º§ Carol says:

    Did you see Trump’s crib note in his hand? The photographer that got that picture deserves a raise.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    In today’s TNYT Gail Collins explains in her op-ed how The Donald is now regarded by Those In The Know as the Worst President Ever. Even worse than Buchanan after only one+ year on the job. That takes Some Doing. HeckOfAJob, Donnie!


  6. Den says:

    Still snowing here – 4 inches now, Satellite dish cleaning – 1


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Standard 13 minutes to the Hillside Cafe in the 4 degrees of frost weather.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Up to the vocal concert and afterwards home took longer due to slippery conditions; daily total is 32 minutes. The mezzo soprano sang quite well although fits the part of “it ain’t over until the fat lady sings.” Couldn’t be wider or uglier but fit right into some of the light opera roles in previous semesters.

      Day 5: 106+32=138 minutes.


  8. Den says:

    No snow now. Sierra cement, it falls in big soggy flakes and looks so beautiful coming down until it sets overnight, then you need a jackhammer to get through was snow is now ice.

    Yours truly grabbed the shovel and went to work now before it freezes, hardly broke a sweat, crummy shovel too, huh.


  9. Den says:

    My dragon-mouth neighbor was out shoveling his sidewalk:


  10. jimhitchcock says:

    This just in: Ted Cruz call GOP the ‘protecting of Homer Simpson.

    Meanwhile, Homer uses semi-auto to change TV channels…


  11. David B. Benson says:

    The USA is highly corrupt:
    Spot on!


Express your views below, politely please.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s