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SpotMini changes its spots

November 27, 2018.

Youbionic One.

Youbionic One. © Youbionic.

If you’ve been following us, you know how much we’re liking SpotMini, Boston Dynamic’s four-legged critter. So we sat up when we heard of the idea to transform it into some creepy centaur. The Italian startup Youbionic came up with a torso and two arms with hands that mount to the back of a SpotMini to give it dexterity that it doesn’t ordinarily have. The product hasn’t been marketed, but YouBionic is selling the blueprints for 3D models that you can print and assemble yourself for $179. Then besides the 3D printing, you also have to plan to purchase the Actuonix actuators and the necessary electronics. For the all-around nightmare, we suggest you add an Affetto head to the torso.

Circuit Breaker, “YouBionic adds creepy hands to SpotMini, the creepy robot dog.”