Adam Savage from Tested here in the
Tested offices and it’s the holiday season in San Francisco as I’m talking
to you right now. It’s early December but Christmas has come early and I’m sitting
on the best thing a little boy or a girl could want. Inside this box is Boston Dynamics’ Spot robotic dog. This is an object I have coveted for years –
literally years – and at Tested we are going to do development with SSpot for the next
year. We’re gonna spend some time getting to know him and increasing his abilities
and learning from him and it all begins today with the orientation. Oh my gosh. Time for some adventures! Some breathing room. We’ve stepped out of the Tested shop and we are actually in one of my old stomping grounds. I’m
standing on one of the training courses for the Alameda County Sheriff’s
Department in Dublin, Pleasanton, California. Right over there is the bomb
range where we blew everything up on MythBusters. We swam in syrup over there. I learned how to tactically drive backwards and ini heels right over there.
It’s the perfect location to test all of the things about Spot that we want to
learn. About his gait, his ability to handle different kinds of terrain. All
right, Spot. You ready? Let’s go. These rocks and this tunnel underneath
the rocks is the perfect first test run. I’m gonna try him over and then I’m
gonna try him through. All right, Spot. Oh my god.
Oh, Spot, you almost did it. I’m gonna try this again. This is a really difficult
thing for anything to walk over but we’re gonna give it our best shot. I
think this is largely operator error but we’re just going to keep on keeping on.
Here we go. I’ve adjusted him to a crawl gait and
hopefully this will give him a more stable … Dude! Spot! You are amazing.
Holy cow, buddy. That was amazing. I’m gonna put him through the tunnel. Oh yeah, Spot! All right. We’ve gone over and we’ve gone through. Now it’s time to go under. Here we go. Wow, OK. All right, that’s the limit. That’s the limit. He’s reaching the absolute
critical limit with stuff on his back, the ports and everything. He wasn’t gonna
make it past that one. I’ve always thought these things were magnificent
pieces of engineering every time I’ve seen them but actually running them
through his paces makes it clear on an even deeper level what a miracle Spot is.
The last thing we’re gonna do on this course is some stairs. Yeah, up and down
stairs. This is the thing I find the most uncanny and amazing. Now, Spot does so
much of the figuring out on his own but when I bring him over to the stairs I’m
actually gonna put him in stair mode which is a specific gate for climbing
these things we call stairs. Here we go. This is certainly an astonishingly
capable platform and we’ve got a full year to figure out all sorts of fun
stuff to do with Spot. I think it’s the start of a beautiful relationship. Spot
is very smart. He needs a lot of stimulus. You can do it, buddy.