If you’re among those devouring the latest season of dystopian hellscape Black Mirror, you may still be having nightmares of being chased by the freaky robo-dogs of “Metalhead”. In which case, you maybe unsettled to know that these nightmares could in theory become a reality (in the distant future), as a viral video from the robotics firm Boston Dynamics (of backflipping robot fame) revealed earlier this week.
Charmingly titled, “Hey Buddy, can you give me a hand?” a SpotMini, Boston Dynamics’ smallest robot, approaches a door and appears to turn sideways before scampering away. Another SpotMini, fitted with an extending claw-arm, opens the door and lets the first robot scamper through, propping it open to follow.
The director of “Metalhead”, David Slade, was inspired by these demonstrations – his robotic villains stemmed from Boston Dynamics itself.