In Word: If there’s one thing Boston Dynamics robots can do well, it’s dance. The company has released another video showcasing the talent of its machines, with seven of the quadrupeds taking center stage in a choreographic act that would put many professionals to shame.
The video is a celebration of the acquisition of Boston Dynamics by automaker Hyundai, which closed an $ 880 million deal with SoftBank earlier this week to take an 80 percent controlling stake in the robotics company based in Massachusetts.
Dancing to the beat of K-pop megagroup BTS’s IONIQ: I’m On It, the Spots show incredible timing, agility, and teamwork. Boston Dynamics attributes this to “careful positioning and scheduling” rather than its obstacle avoidance function.
“There were many challenges in incorporating the vision of our choreographer, who is used to dealing with human dancers, into our software.” saying Eric Whitman, a Boston Dynamics robotist who had a lead role in the “Spot’s On It” video. “Everything had to be worked out beforehand and written precisely. Robots have the advantage over humans in that they are highly repeatable: once you get it right, it stays good. But they have the disadvantage that you have to tell them every little detail. They don’t improvise at all. “
Boston Dynamics robots are no strangers to the world of dance. The $ 74,500 Spot was joined by two Atlas models and the Stackable Handle for an end-of-the-year template for The Contours’ Do You Love Me, and Spot showcased his solo skills to the tune of Uptown Funk in 2018.