Very flexible and easy to control
This is the point that I noticed as soon as Spot stood up when it was started. And when it walks around, meets this person, dances… almost everyone thinks it’s a robot dog, not simply a robot. However, we know that to be able to move so familiar, Spot is a product of many years of development and it is almost impossible to find a robot that can move like that, or if there is one. it’s not brought out to us like this Spot.
Inhale very smoothly and inhale forever without getting tired.
This controller is also a new point that Boston Dynamic recently updated for Spot. Not only does it provide easier control, but it also has better impact resistance, easier charging (fully charged in 2 hours) and also better battery life (8 hours every day). charge times). Controlling Spot is like controlling a character to move in the game, but this is real life and Spot will move in our environment. It only took 5-10 minutes to get used to, I was able to do all sorts of things with Spot.
Man plays dog and robot plays dog
Actions that Spot can do
Simply, you see it can go or run at 3 different speeds, the fastest is about 6 km / h. It’s as simple as it looks in the movies, but those who are technically proficient or have worked in the motion industry will find it to be a very difficult thing, requiring a lot of development and a lot of investment.
No robot has ever been able to do as many operations and smooth as Spot.
Sensors and cameras around
Spot is equipped with cameras and sensors on all its edges so that it can see and sense its position with everything around it. Even if you control it, it will avoid people or dodge obstacles, not rush in.
Sensor and front-facing camera. The sides and tail are also available.
Need charging dock, battery and other support
The Spot stands out with its yellow color and capabilities, so people don’t notice that it requires a battery to operate. A battery is attached to the Spot’s belly and allows it to move or operate for about 90 minutes. In the Spot kit I borrowed from Hyundai, there are two batteries, a portable charger and a charging dock.
The charging base is quite big and heavy.
Calibration board: This is a necessary accessory for Spot to automatically re-weigh the joints, sensors, and cameras back to their original positions after a period of operation. This is something I didn’t know before until the robot lender brought over a large crate and had this part. In order for the movements to remain accurate after a period of operation, this alignment is necessary.
The calibration table includes many barcodes and Spot will look at it and then do programmed actions to perform the calibration. Each time it takes several minutes.
The second way to charge the Spot or change the battery in urgent cases is that you control it to automatically lie on its back to flip its belly up, revealing the battery pack underneath. At this point, you can lift out and insert a new battery, then let the battery drain into a charging station shaped like a suitcase and can monitor charging information very easily through the LED screen.
Know how to turn your belly up so people can get a new battery to replace it and keep running.
A little bit about the development process
Developing Spot as it is today was a process that spanned nearly two decades. In 2005, Boston Dynamics was famous for BigDog – a dog robot with a large size and flexible mobility not inferior to real dogs. In 2015, Spot first appeared in a smaller size and inherited many values from BigDog and the humanoid robot Atlas that Boston Dynamics developed at the same time. At the time of launch, Spot had a rough appearance but possessed extremely flexible movement and very good balance.
You can use your hands or feet to push the Spot and it just slips, then remains balanced and tries to stand up again as usual. This is rare compared to the robots that can move on foot so far.
In 2016, Spot first appeared with a completely new look, cleaner, more flexible and with a more dog-like appearance. Ever since I saw Spot for the first time in real life, even though I’ve watched a lot of videos online about it before, my first impression is that it really gives people the feeling of a dog robot, not a robot dog. 1 machine. Spot with 4 flexible legs, body swaying and tilting in many different directions helps it express emotions like a real dog.
With a starting price of 74,500 USD (more than 1.7 billion VND), Spot is definitely not just a toy or a demonstration device like what we do with it. The first purpose that led to the birth of Spot was to apply it to many different areas of life, serving the most ordinary jobs to the most dangerous ones. Spot is highly customizable and people just need to put on its back the necessary equipment that can make it extremely useful in a certain field.
Areas where Spot can be involved include construction, manufacturing, energy, mining, oil and gas, instruction, entertainment, and research. With an arm attached to the Spot’s body, it has been able to do a lot of things from taking rock samples in narrow caves where humans can’t reach, to turning on electricity or turning faucets and even even dragging debris in the rubble to serve the rescue. With the added sensor system, Spot can run around capturing and reproducing a 3D image of a space. The data will then be used for a variety of purposes.
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