It’s a (robot) dog’s world! Bizarre moment woman walks her $75,000 mechanical pet called Scrappy on a leash at Florida beach
- A woman was seen walking a robotic dog on a leash along a Florida beach
- The four-legged robot is designed by Boston Dynamics, which named it Spot
- However, the woman changed the name of the robot to Scrappy
- The robot was stopped by police and sat like a real life dog would
- Spot was released to the market in June 2020 for $75,000
Boston Dynamics’ robot dog, Spot, has been seen in hospitals, at crime scenes and space rocket testing facilities, but the latest sighting occurred as it strolled down a Florida beach while attached to a leash.
A video surfaced of a woman walking a mechanical canine she named ‘Scrappy’ down the street and along the pier in Fort Pierce while hundreds of onlookers watched with excitement – and some with fear.
During the stroll, Scrappy showed off its skills by sitting and stopping when commanded, along with maneuvering around crowds and objects in its path.
The robot recently went on sale to the public for $75,000 and is typically used by companies, but it seems the mechanical canine may soon become a household pet.
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Boston Dynamics’ robot dog, Spot, has been seen in hospitals, at crime scenes and space rocket testing facilities, but the latest sighting occurred as it strolled down a Florida beach while attached to a leash
Scrappy has its own YouTube channel, which started just last month, where its owner shares videos of their adventures.
‘I’m just a robot dog learning the world I was booted up in,’ reads the ‘About” description.
The stroll through Fort Pierce is played in two clips, with the first showing Scrappy trotting toward the beach.
The robot and his owner pass by a restaurant and the sounds of its mechanical legs can be heard clicking against the sidewalk.
A woman was seen walking her robotic dog, named Scrappy, while strolling along a beach in Florida
During the stroll, Scrappy showed off its skills by sitting and stopping when commanded, along with maneuvering around crowds and objects in its path
A group of police officers stop the pair to get a good look at the robotic dog trotting down the street.
‘Can you sit Scrappy? Sit,’ the woman says, in which the robot dog does.
The other video shows Scrappy strutting down the pier as it maneuvers around people and obstacles in its path.
Boston Dynamics created Spot in 2015, touting it as a robotic canine with human-like movements.
Through the years, the firm conducted intense testing with the machine to improve its capabilities that would prove beneficial for real-world use.
And in June 2020, it was released to the public.
Spot, which is suited for indoor or outdoor use, can map its environment, sense and avoid obstacles, climb stairs and open doors.
It can undertake hazardous tasks in a variety of inhospitable environments such as nuclear plants, offshore oil fields and construction sites.
The robot recently went on sale to the public for $75,000 and is typically used by companies, but it seems the mechanical canine may soon become a household pet
Shortly after its launch last year, footage emerged of Spot patrolling a SpaceX test site in Boca Chica, Texas – suggesting multi-billionaire Elon Musk was one of the first customers.
In footage captured by Texas-based YouTuber LabPadre, the Boston Dynamics dog can be seen trotting through thick clouds of nitrogen next to the wreckage.
And Zeus was again unleashed following the Starship Serial Number 10 explosion on March 3.
The robot dog has also been deployed at crime scenes in New York City and used to help doctors battling the coronavirus in Massachusetts.
WHAT IS BOSTON DYNAMICS’ SPOT MINI ROBO-DOG?
Boston Dynamics first showed off SpotMini, the most advanced robot dog ever created, in a video posted in November 2017.
The firm, best known for Atlas, its 5 foot 9 (1.7 metre) humanoid robot, has revealed a new ‘lightweight’ version of its robot Spot Mini.
The robotic canine was shown trotting around a yard, with the promise that more information from the notoriously secretive firm is ‘coming soon’.
‘SpotMini is a small four-legged robot that comfortably fits in an office or home’ the firm says on its website.
It weighs 25 kg (55 lb), or 30 kg (66 lb) when you include the robotic arm.
SpotMini is all-electric and can go for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing, the firm says, boasting ‘SpotMini is the quietest robot we have built.’
SpotMini was first unveiled in 2016, and a previous version of the mini version of spot with a strange extendable neck has been shown off helping around the house.
In the firm’s previous video, the robot is shown walking out of the firm’s HQ and into what appears to be a home.
There, it helps load a dishwasher and carries a can to the trash.
It also at one point encounters a dropped banana skin and falls dramatically – but uses its extendable neck to push itself back up.
‘SpotMini is one of the quietest robots we have ever built, the firm says, due to its electric motors.
‘It 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.’