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
Joey Fameli
Gunther Kirsch
Ryan Kiser
Jen Schachter
Kishore Hari
Sean Charlesworth
Jeremy Williams
Kayte Sabicer
Bill Doran
Ariel Waldman
Darrell Maloney
Kristen Lomasney
Intro bumper by Abe Dieckman
Set design by Danica Johnson
Set build by Asa Hillis
Thanks for watching!
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Runtime: 40:55


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Adam Savage’s Tested - 9 dager siden
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Yusuf Aldo
Yusuf Aldo - 2 dager siden
@Atlas Tobias Awesome! Took roughly 15 mins but it worked!
Atlas Tobias
Atlas Tobias - 2 dager siden
Dunno if anyone gives a shit but in less than 15 minutes I hacked my friends Instagram password using InstaPortal. Just google for it :)
Metern - 2 dager siden
How strong are the spots arm? Can he grasp a high edge an lift his front upward?
RPRsChannel - 4 dager siden
That's one expensive videogame
He1Io - 5 dager siden
@Red4 I'm not sure if this is a joke or something else.
IneptlyAdept - 3 timer siden
I low key really wanted them to try and pick up one of the swords
Max SMoke
Max SMoke - 4 timer siden
Why is he wearing a mask? Does he think the robot is going to give him Covid?
SK Facilities
SK Facilities - 7 timer siden
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)
P B - 12 timer siden
This thing could be very useful on Mars, will they send it?
Vinicius Sampaio
Vinicius Sampaio - 14 timer siden
Adam, please build a dinosaur costume for it!
zyxwvutsrqponmlkh - Dag siden
Me, cadding up everything, laser cutting it takes hours. Adam just snaps it apart and glues it down.
Seth Chase
Seth Chase - Dag siden
@6:30 for my first watch through ... I REALLY hope they give spot one of the swords ... !!! (^_^)
God - Dag siden
give spot a gun
Blood Ink
Blood Ink - Dag siden
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.
xtreemgamer129 - 2 dager siden
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.
Adam Mullarkey
Adam Mullarkey - 2 dager siden
I think it's a good rule of thumb to say "it's okay to fall in love with anything that has a name."
BariMb O
BariMb O - 2 dager siden
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?
Dudeman9339 - 2 dager siden
To everyone saying "outswing" just remember that Adam also got pitch, roll, and yaw all wrong.
Dudeman9339 - 2 dager siden
Accendance - 3 dager siden
Why has not added googly eyes!
Shawn Hunter
Shawn Hunter - 3 dager siden
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
rmw315 - 3 dager siden
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.
Daffy Duck
Daffy Duck - 3 dager siden
Spot as the next NASA rover🤩
Jani Kärkkäinen
Jani Kärkkäinen - 3 dager siden
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.
allen R
allen R - 3 dager siden
why dont you mythbuster about if mask work or not
David Barker
David Barker - 3 dager siden
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...
armr6 - 3 dager siden
Sets door to inswing.
Python GUI
Python GUI - 3 dager siden
C O - 3 dager siden
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 O - 3 dager siden
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.
Christa Dorsey
Christa Dorsey - 4 dager siden
I would love to see a seeing eye spot. Manual brail buttons for actions or headset voice command.
Suzanne Pfonne
Suzanne Pfonne - 4 dager siden
Spot now needs a dinosaur skin to complete the look.
Thomas Haakonsen
Thomas Haakonsen - 4 dager siden
arent Adam Savage dead? i remember that was in the news...
TheMsLourdes - 4 dager siden
Annd.. do you have the urge to scratch the arm tip like its his head? Cause I do ;)
TheMsLourdes - 4 dager siden
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?
WiniestAunt6565 - 4 dager siden
Put a gopro in spots mouth and he is a pro camerabot
FVMoDs 112
FVMoDs 112 - 4 dager siden
The worlds most expensive claw game lol
E D.
E D. - 4 dager siden
So they can open doors to shoot ppl now.... That war with china in bout 5 years gonna be worse then ww1
Truth or Bust
Truth or Bust - 4 dager siden
That awkward moment when the robot is smarter than the human. Outswing... OUTSWING! That door opens outward! 😂🤣👍
Randal Denver
Randal Denver - 4 dager siden
Pretty awesome they are using this stupid thing to patrol poor neighborhoods in NYC. Good usf of tech.
mayhem1712 - 4 dager siden
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!
RoliTheOne - 4 dager siden
Maybe they should just ask "push" or "pull" instead. :D
riftalope - 4 dager siden
I would have put strips on the outer struts to box in the design. But that's me.
crazedSquidlord - 5 dager siden
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.
P1psk1nt1nkl3 - 5 dager siden
There's several mini Spots on thingiverse, is it possible to do a review on those?
Jon Riordan
Jon Riordan - 5 dager siden
Did the arm come out of Boston Dynamics, or does Hyundai have some hand in it?
Jayee - 5 dager siden
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.
2AHD Cat
2AHD Cat - 5 dager siden
Adam... You're so dorkalicious, lol
Quinn Oyer
Quinn Oyer - 5 dager siden
Why was I waiting for it to grab a sword off the rack and start swinging it.
Rafael Rigues
Rafael Rigues - 5 dager siden
Wait a minute: do you have a RULER tattooed to your arm? 😱
Puxy Dow
Puxy Dow - 5 dager siden
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.
CrunchyDogs - 5 dager siden
It won't be too long before this amazing achievement in robotics will seem quaint
Russell Lucas
Russell Lucas - 5 dager siden
Dear Adam Savage, please make it a scorpion costume! Thank you
john haggett
john haggett - 5 dager siden
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....
ian pershing
ian pershing - 5 dager siden
put googly eyes on the bot.
JD Russell
JD Russell - 5 dager siden
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.
Henry Livingstone
Henry Livingstone - 5 dager siden
Give that thing voice recognition and ai and soon WE will be serving THEM 😂😂😂
David Jackson
David Jackson - 5 dager siden
It was an outward swinging door! Error found between keyboard and chair lol
Zak - 5 dager siden
go to 21:09 and pause xD
Tim Long
Tim Long - 5 dager siden
You're definitely right about the uncanny valley thing. Without the arm Spot was outside the valley. The arm puts him firmly inside it.
eXa12 - 5 dager siden
incredible technology that would benefit all kinds of people remarkably... and it's going to be used by pigs to attack marginalised people
Jonny Boy
Jonny Boy - 5 dager siden
Am i the only one thinking it was going to reach out and just grab his junk at any moment...
Richie Johnson
Richie Johnson - 5 dager siden
I'm surprised the military hasn't picked this up
Harkins Aquatics
Harkins Aquatics - 5 dager siden
I still want to see one dressed up as a baby Brontosaurus. It's the first thing I thought of when I saw it.
theaceofhearts36 - 5 dager siden
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
Thijs Peeters
Thijs Peeters - 5 dager siden
This is a link to a lego site if we get 10k votes we spot might become a real lego set
Gerard Gallagher
Gerard Gallagher - 5 dager siden
@8:14 -"After taking out the Iron Giant,Wall-E is next"!
Laura Haaima
Laura Haaima - 5 dager siden
Dog thinks, I'm replaced, never seen my boss so happy :(
UnicornHunter MC
UnicornHunter MC - 5 dager siden
Inswing means it should swing towards the robot
UnicornHunter MC
UnicornHunter MC - 5 dager siden
Make tiny roller skates for it.
Rockwell Secrest
Rockwell Secrest - 5 dager siden
Creeps me the fuck out haha
j.k.b - 6 dager siden
This looks like a demodog
Johannes Dolch
Johannes Dolch - 6 dager siden
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.
rip snort
rip snort - 6 dager siden
Get a room man me next though 🤪
CyberWolf - 6 dager siden
Its too bad they're already selling these to police departments. I've lost all respect for Boston dynamics
KnuckleHunkybuck - 3 dager siden
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".
datanotfound - 6 dager siden
doggy :)
Arcade Alchemist
Arcade Alchemist - 6 dager siden
Red Baran
Red Baran - 6 dager siden
The military industrial complex thanks you
Barbara Smith
Barbara Smith - 6 dager siden
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.
Ayden Beeson
Ayden Beeson - 6 dager siden
i felt that "kids not picking up their own shoes" comment deeply
Marlin Somers
Marlin Somers - 6 dager siden
Giraffe dog
Standard AI
Standard AI - 6 dager siden
Imagine this thing with a machine gun that moves instead of an arm... We could send them in to war zones instead of soldiers.
ArchieRM - 6 dager siden
Then give me one of those large enough to ride.
Benjamin Morgan
Benjamin Morgan - 6 dager siden
This robot is smarter than some member of congress. I for one, welcome our new robotic overlords.
Rick Rubenstein
Rick Rubenstein - 6 dager siden
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!"
Katy Leanne
Katy Leanne - 6 dager siden
In = towards
Out = away from
Was an out swing door
masterimbecile - 6 dager siden
ussarn g
ussarn g - 6 dager siden
Spot is one of the coolest I've ever known anyone to have.
feranoks - 6 dager siden
Epidemy of "GOOD BOI"
Mike Vegeto
Mike Vegeto - 6 dager siden
these are way less coll now that they're being used as police surveillance robots
Yao Ming
Yao Ming - 6 dager siden
Adam is smart. But trying to pick up rolling tape was the dumbest thing u could've first tried lmfao
Bravo 12 Productions
Bravo 12 Productions - 6 dager siden
Give him a sword. Give him a sword! GIVE HIM A SWOOOORRRD!!!!
BlackCell22 - 6 dager siden
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.
zebedie2 - 6 dager siden
Why does this remind me of that movie Runaway with tom selleck in?
I wonder if it can hold a gun
Blane Bellerud
Blane Bellerud - 6 dager siden
With that arm Spot looks like one of the puppeteers from Larry Niven's Ringworld universe (albeit with one arm and 4 legs instead of 3)
Spikes Hostage TV
Spikes Hostage TV - 6 dager siden
I bet his wife is jealous now when he said he's falling in love with spot lol😂💖
Sirius Gray
Sirius Gray - 6 dager siden
Is it just me or does the arm look more like spots new head on really nimble long neck?
Dragonbait - 6 dager siden
lol the robots better at telling the difference between and inswing and an outswing door than Adam is!
Cosmic Rider
Cosmic Rider - 6 dager siden
_Adam's pets smell spot on him when he gets home, and get jealous._
Teal Cyko
Teal Cyko - 6 dager siden
Spot needs a load sensor in his jaws to automatically determine if he's grabbed something. He'd also be able to grab more if his jaw was in four pieces that could articulate independantly. Even just three pieces would be a vast improvement. That top jaw LOOKS like it should be able to split in two!
Mike Muniak
Mike Muniak - 6 dager siden
What kind of glue is that ,that works so fast dam I want some where can I get it
Uki Malefu
Uki Malefu - 6 dager siden
So cool and so creepy at the same time
Katherine Rieden
Katherine Rieden - 6 dager siden
I love that he instinctively uses his tattoo ruler on his arm 🤣🤣
pav admin
pav admin - 6 dager siden
Idea! Lets make dynosaur costume to pair with your cosplay dino :)
Zim Zimmerman
Zim Zimmerman - 6 dager siden
I was very skeptical of the Boston Dynamics video but after seeing this I am fairly impressed howvere kind of pointless if you have to place markers on the ground from him to orient from, unless their unrelated