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The Boston Dynamics robot dog may be the ultimate household butler

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Everett Toliver

Its smallest robot yet, the SpotMini is a miniature version of Spot, a four-legged robotic dog that can stay on its feet when kicked by a human.

In its latest video, Boston Dynamics shows SpotMini loading the dishwasher, delivering a can of coke to its owner and putting it in the bin, and running on grass.

Small household obstacles don't deter it either - when it slips over on a pile of bananas it can use its giraffe-like neck to pivot itself back up again.

Last year Google was awarded a patent for a system that would enable the user to allocate tasks to "a plurality of robotic devices" via the cloud, giving rise to speculation that the company is building a robot army.

In a patent registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Google describes how a "computing component" such as a PC or mobile phone could communicate with robots over a network to allocate tasks and receive information.

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