Illustrative photo from open sources
Chinese company Unitree Robotics has unveiled the B1 four-legged robot, the main feature of which is water resistance. This became known from the announcing video that appeared on the official YouTube channel of the developer company.
Outwardly, B1 is very similar to Spot, the development of another well-known robotics company Boston Dynamics. However, unlike Spot, the Chinese development is not afraid of water. Unitree Robotics claims the B1 is IP68 waterproof.
This feature is vividly demonstrated in the published commercial. It shows B1 descending to the bottom of the pool and crossing the river. In both cases, only the antenna and the cargo mount on the "back" machine.
By the way, the video also demonstrates the load capacity of the B1. First, Unitree Robotics shows how the machine carries a load weighing 80 kg, and after that, a four-legged robot is saddled by a person weighing more than 100 kg. In both cases, the vehicle continues to move normally on the floor.
Most likely, like its counterparts, the B1 will be used for patrolling and in rescue operations. When the novelty will go on sale and how much it will cost, it is not reported.
Prepared by: Sergey Daga