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Robot handles wine glasses with ease, a big deal

Viewers over YouTube have found a video of a spot robot which runs, dances and even performs various act almost like other animals, most interesting.

Boston Dynamics, a robotics company owned by Google that's reportedly being sold off, released the video of its robot named Mini Spot.

Among other things, the raptor-looking robot is shown running around outside, maneuvering around objects in a home, and climbing up some stairs, reports Tech Insider.

But perhaps the most interesting thing Spot Mini is shown doing is carefully picking up a wine glass and loading it into the dishwasher, the science based digital publication platform said.  

This particular task is interesting because it showed just how skilled the robot is at handling delicate objects. This is important because in order for robots to safely operate around humans - whether in the home or in public - they must be capable of sensing their environment and knowing their own force.

For example, say you want a robot to go into your fridge and bring you a beer bottle. The robot will first need to locate the beer, push objects out of the way without breaking them, and then pick it up with the right force so that it doesn't break the glass.

These kind of movements are natural to us, but are difficult for robots.

The video clearly shows that Boston Dynamics has made huge strides towards making robots safe enough to be around humans and maneuver around a house, which could be one reason Toyota is so interested in buying the company from Google.

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