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Boston Dynamics video of door-opening robot dog grabs attention

Orlando Sentinel

Boston Dynamics has been in the business of robot making for more than 20 years, but it’s dog-like robot keeps … evolving.

The latest starring what the company calls SpotMini as seen in a video posted to the company’s YouTube is very reminiscent of “Jurassic Park.”

Doors can’t hold back SpotMini, as long as SpotMini has a friend with a pivot-arm clamp that can open doors.

Reaction to the video, which is trending with more than 5 million views as of 8 a.m. has been plentiful with comments like:

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“Clever Girl.”

“This is how we die.”

“They hunt in packs.”

“Soon they gonna learn how to grab a knife and stab you repeatedly in the chest.”

The fluid movement and teamwork demonstrated in the video shows reality being much closer to what’s seen in the movies.

The company was founded in 1992 by Marc Raibert. BioDog is a project for the U.S. military funded by DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Previous videos have show other robotic work, including humanoid robot Atlas performing parkour, a video of Atlas being antagonized with a hockey stick and of SpotMini predecessor Spot hiking through the forest.

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