A man wielding a hockey stick couldn’t deter this Boston Dynamics robot from opening a door

The Waltham-based company released a new video Wednesday of its alarmingly agile doglike robot, SpotMini.

SpotMini is back.

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And this time the terrifyingly capable four-legged robot from Boston Dynamics is displaying that it won’t be deterred from its purpose of opening a door. Not even by a human wielding a hockey stick.

The Waltham-based company explained with the clip released Wednesday that before the video started, the robot was placed in front of the door with its “hand” pointed at the door handle. It was then given the “Go” command at the start of the video and at the 42-second mark.

“The robot proceeds autonomously from these points on, without help from a person,” Boston Dynamics wrote in the description for the video. “A camera in the hand finds the door handle, cameras on the body determine if the door is open or closed and navigate through the doorway.  Software provides locomotion, balance and adjusts behavior when progress gets off track.”


The tech company noted that “this testing does not irritate or harm the robot.”

The company, which began as a spinoff from MIT and was bought last year by technology conglomerate SoftBank from Google’s parent company, has a lineup of robots that includes a humanoid named Atlas that can do a backflip and a galloping quadruped called WildCat.