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Looking for a pet who, instead of needing to be cleaned up after, does the cleaning? The future might provide exactly what you want: check out SpotMini, the latest robot to be unveiled by Boston Dynamics.

SpotMini, weighing in at just 55 lbs (65 lbs if you include its arm), is all-electric (no hydraulics) and "runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing":

It also has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors in the limbs. These sensors help with navigation and mobile manipulation. SpotMini performs some tasks autonomously, but often uses a human for high-level guidance. For more information about SpotMini visit our website at

The good news: the first defence against any robot rebellion will, apparently, be banana skins.

The bad news: If you watch the video at the top of the post, it doesn't slow them down for long...

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(Posted by Greg on Tuesday, June 28th)

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