While you might have to wait just a little bit longer for a true robotic dog, there might be another ‘bot that could serve as the next best thing. Say hello to Ghost Minitaur – a small robot by Ghost Robotics that can climb fences and open your door.
“Ghost Minitaur™ is a medium-sized legged robot platform. Its high-torque brushless outrunner motors and specialized leg design let this machine run and jump over difficult terrain. High-speed and high-resolution encoders let the machine see the ground through the motors and adapt faster than the blink of an eye.”
– Ghost Robotics
Photo Credit: Ghost Robotics
This 0.4 meter long, 0.28 meter wide robot can be controlled using a joystick or can operate autonomously using its onboard sensor integration. Its 2DOF legs allow for convenient versatility, from running, to leaping, and climbing. Its running speed is 2.0 m/s and has a vertical jump displacement of 0.48 m. The quadrupedal robot comes fully assembled and can be programmed to your liking.
There’s no doubt about it that robots are becoming a lot more advanced. From versatility to intelligence, robots of the near future will soon resemble those we’ve all dreamed of having whenever we watched one of our favorite sci-fi films or read one of our favorite sci-fi novels. Whether it’s a robot dog or a full fledged humanoid providing mass daily convenience, it’s pretty clear that we won’t have to wait too much longer for our future Rosie or ‘Lectronimo from The Jetsons.