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Boston Dynamics taught its robots to open doors and it's terrifying

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Boston Dynamics taught its robots to open doors and it's terrifying

In a video titled "Hey Buddy, Can You Give Me a Hand?" one of the USA company's four-legged robots looks up at a closed door, unable to open it.

Watch Boston Dynamics' new robot dog open doors IBTimes US.

The robot uses its fifth appendage, an arm mounted essentially where a canine's head would be, to swiftly assess the door, locate and twist the handle, and pull the door open.

Others had a more positive reaction.

Boston Dynamics, the nightmare factory that was for a time one of Alphabet's more ill-advised properties, has once again released footage of a new robot that can do things robots aren't supposed to be able to do. The first machine then follows its companion while keeping the door open with its neck.

The video shows the SpotMini find, recognize, and turn a door handle. Speaking about its abilities, SpotMini can pick up objects with the help of its 5 degree-of-freedom arm and perception sensors.

The SpotMini is a nimble robot that can handle objects and climb stairs, flawless for use in offices, home and outdoors.

The SpotMini is also all-electric and can last for 90 minutes on a single charge.

At just over two and a half feet tall, it's the smaller version of the company's Spot robot, which was introduced in 2015. The robot stretched its arm out in order for its body to pass through before closing the door.

This pair of Spot Minis are made by a U.S. company called Boston Dynamics. Apparently, Boston Dynamics has added even more useful skills to the SpotMini after the design update in November.

'It has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs. Remember that as early as 2015, Boston Dynamics' robots were being trained in combat by US Marines. The company didn't immediately return a request for comment from HuffPost on the subject on Tuesday.

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