As well as showing us what their humanoid robots can accomplish by walking across outdoor terrain, the Google owned robotic development company Boston Dynamics have also revealed more footage of its Spotmini quadruped robot. Showing how it can navigate its way around office spaces and even navigate stairs both forwards and backwards. Check out the video below to learn more about the autonomous navigation system included in the Spotmini, which also shows data from its obstacle avoidance systems, navigational map layouts and more.
Before the test can proceed autonomously, the robot is manually driven through the office space enabling it to build a map of the space using visual data from cameras mounted on the front, back and sides of the robot. “SpotMini autonomously navigates a specified route through an office and lab facility. During the autonomous run, SpotMini uses data from the cameras to localise itself in the map and to detect and avoid obstacles. Once the operator presses ‘GO’ at the beginning of the video, the robot is on its own. Total walk time for this route is just over 6 minutes. (The QR codes visible in the video are used to measure performance, not for navigation.)”
Unfortunately, no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet by Boston Dynamics, but as soon as information comes to light, we will keep you updated as always.