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Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog ‘Spot’ Can Now Move Just Like Mick Jagger
By Mikelle Leow, 02 Nov 2021
Video screenshot via Boston Dynamics
Besides helping out humans with strenuous tasks, Boston Dynamics’ robots are known to be quite the dancers, having mastered some pretty complex choreography in the past. Mechanized limbs give them a leg up on human dancers, and so does the absence of physical burdens like joint pain and waning stamina.
Not to be outdone by its two-legged humanoid counterparts, ‘Spot’ the quadruped robot dog has those capabilities too, and they’re comparable with those of the legendary Mick Jagger. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Rolling Stones’ Tattoo You album, Boston Dynamics engineered Spot to perfectly take on Start Me Up—and it pulls it off to a T, despite being on all fours.
With those dance moves, there’s a missed opportunity to call it Mick Wagger.
The dancing bot is joined by two others to stand in for Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood, who even lip-sync the lyrics.
By day, Spot is wired to navigate dangerous, hard-to-reach terrain, as well as carry payloads of up to about 30 pounds and run routine inspections. Its advanced mobility lets it easily climb stairs and more, while its relatively compact size allows it to safely move around indoor industrial environments. With such a serious job, it’s no surprise that it needs to let loose once in a while.
[via Yanko Design, video and cover image via Boston Dynamics]
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