The video then depicts the robot climbing up and down a hill, navigating its way through a forested area using its head-mounted sensor, climbing a flight of stairs, and finally jogging at a fairly rapid pace.
The video shows Spot, which weighs 160 pounds, marching through an office, where a worker gently uses his foot in an unsuccessful attempt to knock the robot off balance as it walks. The video then cuts to Spot standing in a parking lot outside, where another worker violently kicks the robot, which struggles for a moment, then regains its balance.
Spot, which is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated, is a smaller version of the robot Big Dog, which can throw cinder blocs through the air. The video shows Spot easily outdistancing its bigger robot pal as they climb a hill together.
Google is not alone among high-tech companies fascinated by robots; Microsoft now boasts security guard robots, made by robotics company Knightscope, that stand five feet tall, weigh 300 pounds, and come equipped with alarms, sirens, and cameras.