Boston Dynamics' Spot already does a lot of cool things, but now it's ready for its best trick yet.
Letting people like you and me take it for a walk, all without leaving the house.
This experience is powered by forming a company that helps humans manage robots remotely.
So I'm gonna be taking spot for a walk around San Francisco using my laptop and I don't have to leave the living room.
You can also apply for the chance to take spot for a walk, all you need to do is go to formance website and fill out a questionnaire.
This is Jeff lanell, CEO of formance, who's gonna help me walk spot in real time.
The Spot's fantastic because it's the first robot that can reliably navigate the world in a non structured environment.
So it can go up and down curbs, it can go over stumps, it can go through a forest, and there isn't another robot that I can think of that has that That mobility and so it's the first robot that you can practically test.
We can test our software in any number of environments.
You'll be on a zoom call at the same time as I'm controlling the robot so he and the team could walk me through the process On my screen, I can see exactly what Spot sees from its cameras.
I have a control panel on the right-hand side that lets me [UNKNOWN] striking a pose or going up and down stairs.
And I have a PlayStation controller to actually walk the dog, although you can also do it with the keyboard and mouse.
So I start with a simple downward dog move to warm things up.
You can use those two joysticks they do different things of the stick or the left if you go left and right look left and right.
Do Downward Facing Dog used to stick on the right.>> And let's say yeah, that's my downward dog.
Is this just like playing a video game,right?
We have our first con human contact and a wave.
So how long generally have you found takes people to sort of become proficient?
In controlling remotely.
It's only been really is 3040 seconds it's more about understanding how fast the drug moves and how fast the left and right goes otherwise.
It's pretty intuitive.
Yeah, I think that's the biggest learning curve for me right now is working out the threshold of.
How much I need to push the stick compared to how much that's moving Spot, I'm being very gentle and tentative with this.
You're being very nice, yes.
Yeah, no bolting, no running off.
Spot is still on a leash, sort of.
[LAUGH] Virtual leash, exactly.
So if I wanted to see behind Spot, is there a view so I could sort of Workout, is there a camera on the rear of spots.
Spots actually got five cameras on and you can see left and right, you can see behind, you see in front, a lot of sensing.
So you'd have to configure that we right now we've set it up to show you the GPS and the third party point of view.
And also it's interesting because I'm not quite sure of spots dimensions So I need to kind of be extra careful, especially in a slightly tighter space like this one.
And I definitely don't want to be going off into the rocks on the side of the bridge, but it's good that I can see the capture view So at least I have an idea of where about it is,
it's hard spot does a tremendous job of not hitting things on its own.
And so it does most of the work you could it won't let you walk into the wrong color.
[SOUND] [LAUGH] Hi people There's a little bridge over that.
This bridge is small.
So if you just go for that, we'll do all the work and spread the needle here.
Even though I know Scott will do it, I'm still very cautious.
Like that's still that.
disconnecting my brain going be really careful going over that don't walk into the wall.
Feeling brave we can we can try our first staircase.
Really do you trust me to take a staircase with Spot?
I don't trust me.
I trust you, and I trust Spot.
Okay, so there is a stairs mode that I've noticed.
So should I walk a little closer, and then tap STAIRS?
You can just go into stairs mode right now.
Just line up and go for it.
It's doing it I can see.
I walked into the pagoda.
What the heck?
Maybe pose for these guys.
All right I'll do a little pause.
I do a little side to side.
That's my wave.
I think this is sort of, the interesting thing is taking the cognitive load off of the operator.
Actually now, you get somewhere in the world by just saying where you need to go.
And then machine do all the heavy lifting.
Yeah, that's what I love about it.
I don't I have to think about it but not too much, so I don't need to worry about how it's working.
Somehow going down is scarier than going up.
It is scary because you can't say the stairs under your feet as much But it's doing it.
Yeah go spot.
Hello random walk, outcomes the phone, outcomes the phone, taking a bow.
Hello nice to meet here.
She asked if we have treats for it No, but I'll take treats definitely.
But this is wild.
Like, this is amazing that I can do this.
And I'm sitting in my living room.
Wow so how many people so far have piloted spot like I'm doing right now in terms of general public You're the first actually.
I'm the first?
Yes, I can't believe you trusted me to be at the test pilot.
This is great.
I wouldn't have trusted me, but thank you.
I'm so appreciative.
[LAUGH] Well, okay, I see a low battery alert that's just popped up.
Uh-oh You're right, you've got another 34 percent.>>This is actually really helpful.
Like I love having you guys on the line.
So I can hear your feedback.
You can kinda give me guidance and also having Deckard there as like the actual eyes and ears on the ground.
We got some people hi No This is a stalemate.
Now they're waiting for me to move.
But I'm waiting for them to move.
There's a ball.
Okay, all right.
Now let's see if I pose it's right in front of me.
So if I do down a dog, Can I see the, yes, I can see the tennis ball.
Scimitar can't pick it up, but that's okay.
They can't hear me but I can see them.
Here, let's do a pose.
I love it.
They're kind of, like they mirror, are they mirroring my movements too?
They are, yeah.
All right, I'm gonna sit.
I've been around spot for a very long time and I'm desensitized to it but I remember seeing it walk down a street in Palo Alto for the first time.
It was just wow, this is starting to happen.
This is the future.
It's actually on a sidewalk.
It's not in a laboratory.
And there's an aha moment.
And so I want to see what are people's reactions when they when they encounter that for the first time, because I think we're all about to in the next decade.
But people are very respectful like they're giving me some space.
While they're giving sports some space they don't know I'm controlling it.
I think there's a moment when they find out that it's being doen remotely that's even another layer of.
Okay, somebody, is he waving me on?
My God, she's waving me.
On looks likes its skeered.
When he started walking around, he noticed Yes, he's like, wait a minute.
We're getting upwards of 200 channels of information off of that robot and it's everything from, Battery temperatures, motor torques, we're getting all the cameras that are on the robot.
It's LIDAR, it's 3D sensing.
We know its speed.
We know its altitude we know the ambient temperature.
So anything that an engineer might want to observe about a robot that's doing a mission, we've got all that information coming in.
While it looks like the whole thing was smooth sailing, the part that we didn't show you yet is that I had a bit of an accent.
Siddhant off the top.
I suggest you don't try this at home.
And I'm almost on the path.
Now if I turn the left joystick I'm able to change
Careful, careful, careful.
No, we taped it up.
I'm sorry spot.
I can't believe I walked him into a bush my first walk.
It's all good, he's [INAUDIBLE]-
Sorry [INAUDIBLE] I'm sorry, buddy.
I love you, I'll treat you better, I'm sorry.
At least it wasn't a tree, right?