This Bipedal Robot Can Now Run On Outdoor Terrain

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The other video shows the doglike SpotMini robot taking a six-minute jog through a real-world office and lab facility (condensed into a three-minute clip).

Although Boston Dynamics never released a commercial robot under Google, Raibert credited his company's former owner for helping it to start thinking of ways to bring its technology to a broader market. Raibert did not say how much SpotMini would cost.

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At one point, the robot detects it is coming upon a log on the ground. Rather than focusing on a single body style, Boston Dynamics has explored multiple form factors. Once the operator presses "go", the robot takes off unassisted.

The video had been viewed more than 500,000 times as of Friday morning.

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Boston Dynamics has posted new videos to its YouTube channel showing its Atlas robot running outside, while its four-legged SpotMini is shown walking up stairs.

Boston Dynamics has built a stellar reputation in recent years, designing amazingly capable robots, among them BigDog, WildCat, Handle, SpotMini, and Atlas. So, if you have loads of cash, there's nothing to worry about. Its range includes bots which can open doors, do backflips, and run across an uneven terrain, Mashable reported. "Atlas' ability to balance while performing tasks allows it to work in a large volume while occupying only a small footprint", says the company on its website. One idea involves a legged device that could carry people in wheelchairs onto more hard terrain. "We're not actively working on that yet".

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