Marines test quadruped robot for military operations
Boston Dynamics' new quadruped prototype robot, named Spot, recently had its walking, climbing and operating abilities tested.
On September 16th, Marines at the military branch's Quantico, Virginia base were taught how to operate the 160-pound battle aid.
Test trials were also conducted.
In one such trial, the robot was sent into a building before the Marines to look for potential threats.
Spot's agility was assessed as well, by running it through a number of hills and various terrains, both woodland and urban.
Overall, Boston Dynamics' new development performed well above expectations.
Though the radio-controlled quadruped is not the first developed by the firm, Spot is unique in many ways. These include its lighter weight, more graceful movements and quieter operation.
Ben Swilling, a roboticist with Boston Dynamics, noted, "I think a robot like Spot has tons of opportunities [Marines] could use it for, like scouting or load carriage."
Further, sending a machine rather than a human into dangerous situations could spare lives.