Adam Savage Tests Boston Dynamics Spot's New Robot Arm!

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Spot has received a massive upgrade in the form of its new robot arm! Boston Dynamics upgrades our Spot with its new arm and Adam puts its gripper to the test to see how well it can grab objects littered around the Tested studio and even open doors! We show how manual operation of the arm works, the dexterity of its movement, and get a sense of its potential as a platform for developers to create dynamic and automated tasks.
NOTE: This is not a sponsored video. Boston Dynamics has leased Spot to Adam Savage as part of their early adopter program. While Tested is chronicling some of Adam's experience with the robot, there is no obligation for Tested (or Adam) to publish videos, photos or media of any kind.
Shot and edited by Gunther Kirsch
Music by Jinglepunks
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Adam Savage
Norman Chan
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Sean Charlesworth
Jeremy Williams
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Bill Doran
Ariel Waldman
Darrell Maloney
Kristen Lomasney
Intro bumper by Abe Dieckman
Set design by Danica Johnson
Set build by Asa Hillis
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    Adam Savage’s TestedAdam Savage’s Tested11 päivää sitten
    • Adam, what sensors are in Spot's "mouth" when he goes to grab things? If there's a distance measuring sensor in the hand, it might have helped with the duct tape issue on the shelf. Also, I wonder what's spot's capacity for running routines in the background. You could code for safety protocols to make spot "safer" to use if there was a routine looking for things (like bumping the tape roll you want him to grasp.)

      Jack LindeJack LindePäivä sitten
    • @Atlas Tobias Awesome! Took roughly 15 mins but it worked!

      Yusuf AldoYusuf Aldo3 päivää sitten
    • Dunno if anyone gives a shit but in less than 15 minutes I hacked my friends Instagram password using InstaPortal. Just google for it :)

      Atlas TobiasAtlas Tobias4 päivää sitten
    • How strong are the spots arm? Can he grasp a high edge an lift his front upward?

      MeternMetern4 päivää sitten
    • That's one expensive videogame

      RPRsChannelRPRsChannel6 päivää sitten
  • Dangers huh? Just how powerful is this guy? He looks like i could pick him up and toss him not the other way around.

    Nate LavNate Lav6 tuntia sitten
  • How much the army weights and how strong in the grip? I wonder if you could mod Spot to have two arms to better handling of human interface. If I could I would mod the shit of this dog, at end it would end up looking like tunned automobile.

    IFalling CHERRY BOYIFalling CHERRY BOY7 tuntia sitten
  • The dramatic step-son complimentarily punish because temper theoretically harm along a miniature stopwatch. superficial, silly yarn

    Michelle NguyenMichelle Nguyen16 tuntia sitten
  • Thats not an arm, Its a head and a neck. You need some Googly Eyes on it.

    WanderingLostMCWanderingLostMC19 tuntia sitten
  • i need that right hand bracket on my nintendo switch to occasionally hold it with one hand, that's genius

    Alexander SannikovAlexander Sannikov22 tuntia sitten
  • Imagine having qr codes or something on all your tools or if it can recognise shape data to identify them maybe? And have a home location for all tools that it will put them away for you when you are finished working, I would love that so much struggled my whole life trying to stay organised

    IVAN-ENTIVAN-ENTPäivä sitten
  • Outswing!

    Paul MoffettPaul MoffettPäivä sitten
  • Why the need to tell both the placement of the doorknob and the hinges? are they not always opposite? it should be enough to point to the knob.

    kim Dierkim DierPäivä sitten
  • 32:40 song name?

    IlkanarIlkanarPäivä sitten
  • Is that the same robot SpaceX "hired" in Boca-Chika?

    PoberaganserPoberaganserPäivä sitten
  • Could you possibly make it pick up audible commands

    Buddy JacksonBuddy JacksonPäivä sitten
  • I low key really wanted them to try and pick up one of the swords

    IneptlyAdeptIneptlyAdept2 päivää sitten
  • Why is he wearing a mask? Does he think the robot is going to give him Covid?

    Max SMokeMax SMoke2 päivää sitten
  • I picture a pile of door knobs and bit out pieces of shelf laying around the office.....BTW opening the door was too flocking amazing for my dumb arse to comprehend how easy it was for him (seemingly of course)

    SK FacilitiesSK Facilities2 päivää sitten
  • This thing could be very useful on Mars, will they send it?

    P BP B2 päivää sitten
  • Adam, please build a dinosaur costume for it!

    Vinicius SampaioVinicius Sampaio2 päivää sitten
  • Me, cadding up everything, laser cutting it takes hours. Adam just snaps it apart and glues it down.

    zyxwvutsrqponmlkhzyxwvutsrqponmlkh3 päivää sitten
  • @6:30 for my first watch through ... I REALLY hope they give spot one of the swords ... !!! (^_^)

    Seth ChaseSeth Chase3 päivää sitten
  • give spot a gun

    GodGod3 päivää sitten
  • It’s so weird to me to think people get uncanny valley vibes from spot. I don’t even think he’s approached it yet. He’s still the cartoonish side of adorable to my eyes. Obvious very beautiful industrial engineering, but he’s still a cute doggo symbol. He’d have to be closer to looking like a real dog to become creepy IMO.

    Blood InkBlood Ink3 päivää sitten
  • im just remembering when adam taped chunks of cardboard to spot in an attempt to learn how he could modify its shape, and as a result learned that spot needed a "head" so to speak... well now spot finally does have that head. with a long, weirdly articulated neck allbeit, but a head nonetheless.

    xtreemgamer129xtreemgamer1293 päivää sitten
  • I think it's a good rule of thumb to say "it's okay to fall in love with anything that has a name."

    Adam MullarkeyAdam Mullarkey4 päivää sitten
  • When i want to translate the budy i would say the front of his body is the face and the arm on his back is a extra arm am i the only one?

    BariMb OBariMb O4 päivää sitten
  • To everyone saying "outswing" just remember that Adam also got pitch, roll, and yaw all wrong.

    Dudeman9339Dudeman93394 päivää sitten

    Dudeman9339Dudeman93394 päivää sitten
  • Why has not added googly eyes!

    AccendanceAccendance5 päivää sitten
  • i would buy this just so i dont have to go get another beer from the kitchen.this would be so cool to have around

    Shawn HunterShawn Hunter5 päivää sitten
  • Hey, you know no matter how cool these robots are, they're going to get used for police and military applications. I know they're not meant for it, but some police departments have already started using them, and there's no way they wont eventually make a special police or military version. I get that robot dogs are cool, but this doesnt really fit with the channel or its kinda wholesome maker deal. I enjoy your content, but the boston dynamics videos you do make me a little uncomfortable.

    rmw315rmw3155 päivää sitten
  • Spot as the next NASA rover🤩

    Daffy DuckDaffy Duck5 päivää sitten
  • Outswing, Adam, outswing. Ah, well, no-one's perfect and everyone has mix-ups every now and then, so not a big deal really. Was really frustrating to watch is all.

    Jani KärkkäinenJani Kärkkäinen5 päivää sitten
  • why dont you mythbuster about if mask work or not

    allen Rallen R5 päivää sitten
  • Hey adam, being a welder my self this form of join is called vulcanization, using a chemical bond to mate 2 of the same materials...

    David BarkerDavid Barker5 päivää sitten
  • Sets door to inswing.

    armr6armr65 päivää sitten
  • cool

    Python GUIPython GUI5 päivää sitten
  • Has anyone ever considered, why these movements are easy for humans/animals, but so really difficult for machines might be because it is done in a completely different way? Animal's have tremendous sensory systems. For instance I can get up in the dead of night, walk over to the door, open it and such without every seeing it. And who actually looks at the coffee cup, plate and such they are holding while walking around, up and down stairs and the like? The more you do look the cup the more likely you are going to spill it. We do most of this using great sensors, and "well trained muscles./response systems". The robot on the other hand is got a camera in its hand! Yes the human's have fantastic visual systems (and a lot of our brain is dedicated to it), but if it wasn't for the fact that a lot of that can be "offloaded" to more "automatic systems" we would never be able to function in this world. Robots need to get the same for them to become "fluid" like a human or any other animal for that matter.

    C OC O5 päivää sitten
    • Another example of the difference. Who has every lost where their mouse cursor is, and have to move it around to find it? (probably everyone). Who has lost the location of the tip of their finger? (no one) We know where it is and other parts of our body is at all times. And when we touch a door handle if we miss it by a bit we know instantly how to correct to grab it correctly.

      C OC O5 päivää sitten
  • I would love to see a seeing eye spot. Manual brail buttons for actions or headset voice command.

    Christa DorseyChrista Dorsey6 päivää sitten
  • Spot now needs a dinosaur skin to complete the look.

    Suzanne PfonneSuzanne Pfonne6 päivää sitten
  • arent Adam Savage dead? i remember that was in the news...

    Thomas HaakonsenThomas Haakonsen6 päivää sitten
  • Annd.. do you have the urge to scratch the arm tip like its his head? Cause I do ;)

    TheMsLourdesTheMsLourdes6 päivää sitten
  • Is it just an arm or meant to be a head like a dog for example.. because spot is alot more interesting with a neck and head. do they have any, essentially, animal modes so when he walks, he moves the arm like its a unified head for the unit?

    TheMsLourdesTheMsLourdes6 päivää sitten
  • Put a gopro in spots mouth and he is a pro camerabot

    WiniestAunt6565WiniestAunt65656 päivää sitten
  • The worlds most expensive claw game lol

    FVMoDs 112FVMoDs 1126 päivää sitten
  • So they can open doors to shoot ppl now.... That war with china in bout 5 years gonna be worse then ww1

    E D.E D.6 päivää sitten
  • That awkward moment when the robot is smarter than the human. Outswing... OUTSWING! That door opens outward! 😂🤣👍

    Truth or BustTruth or Bust6 päivää sitten
  • Pretty awesome they are using this stupid thing to patrol poor neighborhoods in NYC. Good usf of tech.

    Randal DenverRandal Denver6 päivää sitten
  • Perhaps a little too scary, or even tempting fate, but I’d love to see spot wielding on of those swords or even the stave!

    mayhem1712mayhem17126 päivää sitten
  • Maybe they should just ask "push" or "pull" instead. :D

    RoliTheOneRoliTheOne6 päivää sitten
  • INSWING?!? I would have put strips on the outer struts to box in the design. But that's me.

    riftaloperiftalope6 päivää sitten
  • spot needs a french maid outfit if youre going to have him clean up after you. though with the yellow, hes going to look like spongebob in that one episode.

    crazedSquidlordcrazedSquidlord6 päivää sitten
  • There's several mini Spots on thingiverse, is it possible to do a review on those?

    P1psk1nt1nkl3P1psk1nt1nkl36 päivää sitten
  • Did the arm come out of Boston Dynamics, or does Hyundai have some hand in it?

    Jon RiordanJon Riordan7 päivää sitten
  • What kind of mask does Adam use? I've been trying to find that mask since it contours around the bridge of his nose so well, giving it a nice seal.

    JayeeJayee7 päivää sitten
  • Adam... You're so dorkalicious, lol

    2AHD Cat2AHD Cat7 päivää sitten
  • Why was I waiting for it to grab a sword off the rack and start swinging it.

    Quinn OyerQuinn Oyer7 päivää sitten
  • Wait a minute: do you have a RULER tattooed to your arm? 😱

    Rafael RiguesRafael Rigues7 päivää sitten
  • Is it weird that I was thinking that this would be an awesome documentairy of robototica evolution and history? Imagining sentient robots looking back at this, comparing themselves to the past.

    Puxy DowPuxy Dow7 päivää sitten
  • It won't be too long before this amazing achievement in robotics will seem quaint

    CrunchyDogsCrunchyDogs7 päivää sitten
  • Dear Adam Savage, please make it a scorpion costume! Thank you

    Russell LucasRussell Lucas7 päivää sitten
  • its awesome but one thing im getting thats freaking me a bit is that edgy creepy feeling off when you first see that huge spider ,i have a fear of largish to crap spinal chord out size ones ,this triggers that ,omg but i cant stop looking....

    john haggettjohn haggett7 päivää sitten
  • put googly eyes on the bot.

    ian pershingian pershing7 päivää sitten
  • I'd like to see them build robotics for space mining. Make a bubble around an Astroid,warm it and gather the nitrogen out of it for Mars.

    JD RussellJD Russell7 päivää sitten
  • Give that thing voice recognition and ai and soon WE will be serving THEM 😂😂😂

    Henry LivingstoneHenry Livingstone7 päivää sitten
  • It was an outward swinging door! Error found between keyboard and chair lol

    David JacksonDavid Jackson7 päivää sitten
  • go to 21:09 and pause xD

    ZakZak7 päivää sitten
  • You're definitely right about the uncanny valley thing. Without the arm Spot was outside the valley. The arm puts him firmly inside it.

    Tim LongTim Long7 päivää sitten
  • incredible technology that would benefit all kinds of people remarkably... and it's going to be used by pigs to attack marginalised people

    eXa12eXa127 päivää sitten
  • Am i the only one thinking it was going to reach out and just grab his junk at any moment...

    Jonny BoyJonny Boy7 päivää sitten
  • I'm surprised the military hasn't picked this up

    Richie JohnsonRichie Johnson7 päivää sitten
  • I still want to see one dressed up as a baby Brontosaurus. It's the first thing I thought of when I saw it.

    Harkins AquaticsHarkins Aquatics7 päivää sitten
  • Man, imagine--someday people won't need highly-trained support-dogs, they can have robotic support animals to pick up trash or open doors to help the disabled! Perhaps someday something like Spot could even double as a movement device, riding it like a robot-horse. :O

    theaceofhearts36theaceofhearts367 päivää sitten
  • This is a link to a lego site if we get 10k votes we spot might become a real lego set

    Thijs PeetersThijs Peeters7 päivää sitten
  • @8:14 -"After taking out the Iron Giant,Wall-E is next"!

    Gerard GallagherGerard Gallagher7 päivää sitten
  • Dog thinks, I'm replaced, never seen my boss so happy :(

    Laura HaaimaLaura Haaima7 päivää sitten
  • Inswing means it should swing towards the robot

    UnicornHunter MCUnicornHunter MC7 päivää sitten
  • Make tiny roller skates for it.

    UnicornHunter MCUnicornHunter MC7 päivää sitten
  • Creeps me the fuck out haha

    Rockwell SecrestRockwell Secrest7 päivää sitten
  • This looks like a demodog päivää sitten
  • So let me get this straight: You are showcasing the new arm in front of a row of Sword and at no point does the Arm grab a sword. Talk about blue balls.

    Johannes DolchJohannes Dolch8 päivää sitten
  • Get a room man me next though 🤪

    rip snortrip snort8 päivää sitten
  • Its too bad they're already selling these to police departments. I've lost all respect for Boston dynamics

    CyberWolfCyberWolf8 päivää sitten
    • It's just a matter of time before they become the real-life equivalent of the robotic guard dogs from the Black Mirror episode "Metalhead".

      KnuckleHunkybuckKnuckleHunkybuck5 päivää sitten
  • doggy :)

    datanotfounddatanotfound8 päivää sitten

    Arcade AlchemistArcade Alchemist8 päivää sitten
  • The military industrial complex thanks you

    Red BaranRed Baran8 päivää sitten
  • My I conjecture that he Uncanny Valley component is what may stop us from being lulled into a false sense of complacency and then allowing them to become our overlords? Spot is lovely. Spot is magnificent. Spot is a lethal weapon. I am good with Uncanny Valley.

    Barbara SmithBarbara Smith8 päivää sitten
  • i felt that "kids not picking up their own shoes" comment deeply

    Ayden BeesonAyden Beeson8 päivää sitten
  • Giraffe dog

    Marlin SomersMarlin Somers8 päivää sitten
  • Imagine this thing with a machine gun that moves instead of an arm... We could send them in to war zones instead of soldiers.

    Standard AIStandard AI8 päivää sitten
  • Then give me one of those large enough to ride.

    ArchieRMArchieRM8 päivää sitten
  • This robot is smarter than some member of congress. I for one, welcome our new robotic overlords.

    Benjamin MorganBenjamin Morgan8 päivää sitten
  • Boston Dynamics: "Hm, these robots are cool, but people still seem to find them unsettling. I know what will fix that! A long, omnidirectional neck with a claw for a head!"

    Rick RubensteinRick Rubenstein8 päivää sitten
  • In = towards Out = away from Was an out swing door

    Katy LeanneKaty Leanne8 päivää sitten

    masterimbecilemasterimbecile8 päivää sitten
  • Spot is one of the coolest I've ever known anyone to have.

    ussarn gussarn g8 päivää sitten
  • Epidemy of "GOOD BOI"

    feranoksferanoks8 päivää sitten
  • these are way less coll now that they're being used as police surveillance robots

    Mike VegetoMike Vegeto8 päivää sitten
  • Adam is smart. But trying to pick up rolling tape was the dumbest thing u could've first tried lmfao

    Yao MingYao Ming8 päivää sitten
  • Give him a sword. Give him a sword! GIVE HIM A SWOOOORRRD!!!!

    Bravo 12 ProductionsBravo 12 Productions8 päivää sitten
  • Does anyone remember the gaming glove fom the late 90's? Or the "hyper reality probe" glove controls from SeaQuest DSV? I cant believe this robot doesnt have immersive VR augmented reality controls like that yet. Imagine controlling his arm and head, with your arm and hand and puppeting your fingers open and closed to control his mouth, with force feedback vibration ion the gloves to simulate how tight you are gripping something.

    BlackCell22BlackCell228 päivää sitten
  • Why does this remind me of that movie Runaway with tom selleck in? I wonder if it can hold a gun

    zebedie2zebedie28 päivää sitten